So they threw their sabots, a kind of clog shoe, into the machinery to break it—an act that gave us the word sabotage.
The wood of the aspen is very light and soft, though tough; it is employed by coopers, chiefly for pails and herring-casks; it is also made into butchers' trays, pack-saddles, and various articles for which its lightness recommends it; sabots are also made of it in France, and in medieval days it was valued for arrows, especially for those used in target practice; the bark is used for tanning in northern countries; cattle and deer browse greedily on the young shoots and abundant suckers.
Sabots, or wooden shoes worn by peasants, used to be the shoe left out, but today, any shoe will do.
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