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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOOTLESS

And he recalled his own bootless wickedness and underhand intrigues.

"But he's gone on a bootless errand, I tell ye," continued Mrs. Garth.

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.Merchant of Venice.

"'Tis possible—nay, probable—that this is a bootless quest," said I dejectedly.

The matter is such a commonplace of history that it is bootless to labour it here.

The bootless feet of the Texan had left no mark on the buffalo grass.

I had been bootless, when I started; but my feet were now bare and bleeding.

He was bootless and a great toe protruded from a hole in the point of his sock.

Ah, luckless speech, and bootless boast, for which he paid full dear!

Then came a sound as of bootless feet pressing the stairs stealthily!

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English botleas "unpardonable, not to be atoned for, without help or remedy," from boot (n.2) + -less. Meaning "useless, unprofitable" is from early 15c.

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