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boot sb.1 (3 influenced by the word ‘booty’)
1. something given in addition or into the bargain Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 654, R3 IV. iv. 65 “Young York he is but boot,” Troil. IV. v. 40 “I'll give you boot; I'll give you three for one” ; esp. in phr. “to ” (freq.).
2. advantage, profit: phrases “make boot of,” profit by Ant. IV. i. 9; “it is no boot,” it is of no avail or use Shr. V. ii. 177; “to boot,” to our help Wint. I. ii. 80, R3 V. iii. 302 “Saint George to boot!”
3. booty, plunder in phr. “make boot (upon, of)” 1H4 II. i. 91, H5 I. ii. 194, 2H6 IV. i. 13.
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, 4.3
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