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Buskin

Tragedy. The Greek tragic actors used to wear a sandal some two or three inches thick, to elevate their stature. To this sole was attached a very elegant buskin, and the whole was called cothurnus. (See Sock .)

Or what (though rare) of later age
Ennobled hath the buskined stage.

Milton: Il Penseroso, 79, 80.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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