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a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
Historical Examples

The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
Mark Mason’s Victory Horatio Alger
City Crimes Greenhorn
The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
The Expressman and the Detective Allan Pinkerton
Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
One Way Out William Carleton

(mainly US) another word for shoeblack


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