One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boot worn over another boot or shoe to protect it or to provide extra warmth.
- ‘Some of the favourite stores that were obtained - and some might interpret this as being a breach of civil law - were American overboots, American combat jackets, and all sorts of things.’
- ‘A few minutes earlier more than 100 police officers had smashed their way in and, after donning special overboots in respect, fanned out through the building.’
- ‘You wear green rubber overboots and watch the water level carefully.’
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