(2 syl.), or Chopin. A high-heeled shoe. The Venetian
ladies used to wear “high-heeled shoes like stilts.” Hamlet says of
the actress, “Your lady-ship is nearer to heaven, than when I saw you
last, by the altitude of a chopine” (act ii. s. 2). (Spanish,
chapin, a high cork shoe.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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