Seven-leagued boots. The boots worn by the giant in the fairy
tale, called The Seven-leagued Boots. These boots would stride
over seven leagues at a pace.
I measure five feet ten inches without my boots.
The allusion is to the chopine or high-heeled boot, worn at one
time to increase the stature. Hamlet says of the lady actress, “You are
nearer heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine.”
(an instrument of torture). They were made of four pieces of
narrow board nailed together, of a competent length to fit the leg. The
leg being placed therein, wedges were inserted till the sufferer
confessed or fainted.
“All your empirics could never do the like cure upon the gout as the
rack in England or your Scotch boots.” —Marston: The Malcontent.
The youngest bishop of the House of Lords, whose duty it is to
read prayers; so called because he walks into the house in a dead man's
shoes or boots, i.e. he was not in the house till some bishop
there died, and left a vacancy.
To go to bed in his boots. To be very tipsy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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