hardboot

noun
hard·​boot | \ ˈhärd-ˌbüt How to pronounce hardboot (audio) \

Definition of hardboot

: an especially small-time horseman

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To many of us who are habitués of the track, these guys are the very soul of the thing, but one of the central conflicts at the races will always be between the hardboots and the hustlers. Max Watman, WSJ, "Running With Runyon," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of hardboot

1922, in the meaning defined above

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