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  • noun obsolete A buskin or half-boot.


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French brodequin.


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  • If, in walking up the schoolroom, I pass near her, she puts out her foot that it may touch mine; if I do not happen to observe the manoeuvre, and my boot comes in contact with her brodequin, she affects to fall into convulsions of suppressed laughter; if I notice the snare and avoid it, she expresses her mortification in sullen muttering, where I hear myself abused in bad French, pronounced with an intolerable

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte 2006

  • The fair speaker had delivered this pretty speech in the sweetest and best-bred tone of St. James's, looking the while at the toe of the small brodequin which she held up to the fire — perhaps thinking only of drying it.

    Romance of Travel 1840

  • The _brodequin_ is in its right place half-way between shoes and boots.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 445 Volume 18, New Series, July 10, 1852 Various 1836


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  • "light boot worn inside heavier boots" or "The Brodequin was an instrument of torture designed to destroy the victims legs by driving wedges of wood or steel in-between the legs and boards tied tightly around them. In some cases the damage was so severe the marrow of the bones would flow freely from the wounds."

    January 10, 2009

  • I should not have clicked on this page.

    January 10, 2009

  • *sniff*

    January 10, 2009