Tete Bottee

[Booted Head]. The nickname of Philippe des Comines.

“You, Sir Philip des comines, were at a hunting-match with the duke your master; and when he alighted after the chase, he required your services in drawing off his boots. Reading in your looks some natural resentment, he ordered you to sit down in turn, and rendered you the same office. ... but ... no sooner had he plucked one of your boots off than he brutally beat it about your head ... and his privileged fool Le Glorieux gave you the name of Tito Bottée.” —Sir W. Scott: Quentin Durward. chap. xxx.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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