jack·​boot | \ ˈjak-ˌbüt How to pronounce jackboot (audio) \

Definition of jackboot

1a : a heavy military boot made of glossy black leather extending above the knee and worn especially during the 17th and 18th centuries
b : a laceless military boot reaching to the calf
2 : the spirit or policy of militarism or totalitarianism

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As the Nazis seize power and stamp down their jackboots on Jewish communities and left-leaning intellectuals throughout Europe, many flee to the United States. Trevor Lipscombe, Time, "Einstein Feared a Nazi Atom Bomb—But Immigrants Made Sure the U.S. Got There First," 2 Aug. 2019 In both cases students met with jackboots, nighttime raids on their homes, torture and prison. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Other Russian Meddling," 22 July 2018 The notion of Weimar implied by these comparisons stars Marlene Dietrich and features jackboots and sequins. The Economist, "The real resonances, and warnings, of Weimar Germany," 8 Mar. 2018 One wonders whether there is anything more to the American Right’s dalliance with the Le Pens of the world than jackboot envy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Who Was Steve Bannon?," 22 Jan. 2018 To help fund his jackboot crusade against unauthorized immigration, Trump would cut FEMA funding by 11 percent. Jamil Smith, Esquire, "Soon, Trump Will Have to Handle a Real Disaster," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of jackboot

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of jackboot

: a heavy military boot that reaches above the knee

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