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a yokelike device for catching the heel of a boot, as a riding boot, to aid in removing it.
a notch or molding for the same purpose, cut into a piece of furniture.
Historical Examples

Remarks Bill Nye
Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
Etiquette Emily Post
Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
The Deemster Hall Caine
The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales Bret Harte
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens
Child Life in Prose Various
Ways of Nature John Burroughs
Cudjo’s Cave J. T. Trowbridge

a device that grips the heel of a boot to enable the foot to be withdrawn easily


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