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 Boots.Boots. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Boots (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.   1
        “All your empirics could never do the like cure upon the gout as the rack in England or your Scotch boots.”—Marston: The Malcontent.
 


 Boots.Boots. 

 
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