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 Boots at an Inn.Boötes (Bo-o’-tees), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bootless Errand.
 
An unprofitable or futile message. The Saxon bot means “reparation”—“overplus to profit”; as “I will give you that to boot”; “what boots it me?” (what does it profit me?).   1
       
“I sent him
       
Bootless home and weather-beaten back.”
       
Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., iii. 1.
 


 Boots at an Inn.Boötes (Bo-o’-tees), 

 
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