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A device for holding a boot by the heel to ease the withdrawal of one's foot.
- ‘Several items in the room belonged to William Henry Harrison: the bookcase, his well-used wooden bootjack, his walking stick, and the portrait of his wife Anna Symmes Harrison.’
- ‘In a 1928 article, it was naively if ingeniously described as ‘Washington's Traveling Boot Box’ with a removable lid that ‘is transformed into an effective bootjack.’’
- ‘The bootjack makes the task easier especially if the boots are tight fitting or you are carrying something so that your hands are not free.’
- ‘The bootjack is designed for removing muddy shoes, boots or Wellingtons.’
- ‘Place your socked foot on the luxurious green base and use the left hand jaw of the bootjack to remove the left hand boot.’
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