Denver boot
noun Etymology: Denver, Colo. Date: 1968 a metal clamp that is locked onto one of the wheels of an automobile to immobilize it especially until its owner pays accumulated parking fines

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Denver boot — n. [after DENVER] a large metal clamp locked to a wheel of a motor vehicle by the police to immobilize the vehicle: used primarily to force people to pay their parking tickets …   English World dictionary

  • denver boot — noun Usage: usually capitalized D Etymology: from Denver, Colo., where it was first used in the United States : a metal clamp that locks onto one of the wheels of an automobile and must be unlocked before a motorist can drive off (as after… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Denver boot — [[t]de̱nvə(r) bu͟ːt[/t]] Denver boots N COUNT A Denver boot is a large metal device which is fitted to the wheel of an illegally parked car or other vehicle in order to prevent it from being driven away. The driver has to pay to have the device… …   English dictionary

  • Denver boot — a wheel block that stops a car from moving    Greg was drunk, so the police put a Denver boot on his car …   English idioms

  • Denver boot — Den′ver boot′ n. a metal device attached to the wheel of a parked car so that it cannot be driven away until a fine is paid or the owner reports to the police: used by the police to catch scofflaws • Etymology: 1965–70; after Denver Colorado, one …   From formal English to slang

  • Denver boot — boot1 (def. 11). [after DENVER, Colorado, one of the first large communities to adopt the device] * * * …   Universalium

  • Denver boot — noun A device locked into place over the wheel of a road vehicle, immobilizing it. Syn: boot, wheel clamp …   Wiktionary

  • Denver boot — Den|ver boot [ ,denvər but ] noun count AMERICAN a heavy metal object that police use to cover one wheel of an illegally parked car …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Denver Boot — n. locking device attached to the wheel of a car to immobilize it (used especially for cars parked illegally or until the owner pays parking fines that accumulated) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Denver boot — noun (C) AmE informal a metal object that the police fasten to an illegally parked car so that it cannot be moved; wheel clamp …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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