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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Boots.
 
The youngest bishop of the House of Lords, whose duty it is to read prayers; so called because he walks into the house in a dead man’s shoes or boots, i.e. he was not in the house till some bishop there died, and left a vacancy.   1
 


 Boots (an instrument of torture).Boots. 

 
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