One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Heavy laced boots extending to the mid-calf, typically worn by skinheads.
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- ‘Drunken louts should be quaking in their bovver boots next month when a special booze patrol is launched in Wimbledon to crack down on their alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour.’
- ‘The pregnant actress sported a particularly frumpy skirt, striped Nora Batty-style long socks and wedge-heeled bovver boots on a trip out in London.’
- ‘We knew he was a nerd before he acquired his skinhead haircut, and nobody will be fooled by his new bovver boots any more than they were by his baseball cap.’
- ‘But it has evolved from the skinhead and bovver boots image of the Seventies.’
- ‘Is it time to cast off the bovver boots and pull on some sensible walking shoes?’
- ‘He was less impressed by the performance itself in which two actors, wearing all black and bovver boots took on the 21 different roles.’
- ‘The one-time wild child may still strut his stuff in bovver boots but his sensitive playing never loses its grip.’
- ‘The fairies, with their grubby faces and bovver boots, look and behave in part like naughty children who have raided the dressing-up box and in part like escapees from the local lunatic asylum.’
- ‘At this point, I can picture my incensed critics lacing up their bovver boots for a spot of Grievous Literary Harm.’
- ‘But it was the visual image of the tribes that scandalised the public: the bovver boots and crops of the skins; the safety pins and loo-brush hairdos of the punks.’
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