One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high boot with a broad band of a different material or colour at the top.
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- ‘His attire was the same [worn] during the time of the directory: blue dress, yellow buttons, yellow vest, striped-fabric breeches, top boots, the only ones left in Paris in 1822, white tie, [and] black, crush-in hat.’
- ‘It bothered his parents, too, and, though struggling to make ends meet each week, his father greeted him through the school railings one day dangling a new pair of top boots.’
- ‘Four flat-land villages had teams of ploughmen, oraci, in top boots and aprons, ‘tilling the soil’ to bring fertility to the snow covered land.’
- ‘The Master, however, met the bulk of expenses and enjoyed the admiration of well turned-out liveried hunt staff complete with matching coloured coats, insignia buttons, and Napoleon-style top boots.’
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