Definition of put the boot in (or into someone) in English:

put the boot in (or into someone)


  • 1Kick someone hard when they are on the ground.

    ‘they crash his bulk to the floor and put the boot in’
    • ‘Today we got to have a riot and I got to put the boot in on people I had only just met.’
    • ‘So let's put the boot in hard and unrelentingly.’
    • ‘I haven't seen him put the boot in, or crunch into tackles, so he's a bit of an enigma.’
    • ‘One of the most endearing things about him is that when he's got one of his enemies down on the ground, and he's really put the boot in, he doesn't stop.’
    • ‘In other words, nobody to get worked up about if the skinheads decided to put the boot in.’
    1. 1.1 Treat someone vulnerable in a cruel way.
      ‘the move was just another way of putting the boot in’
      • ‘It is a position where all parties come away with their own victories and do not see the other party putting the boot in and taking all the profit themselves at their expense.’
      • ‘And, putting the boot in, they described his advisers as ‘a miserable bunch’ and said that ‘unless they grasp this issue they will lose the election’.’
      • ‘There's also an effort to put the boot in to the Tories while they're down.’
      • ‘It is not the done thing in the upper class circles of public schools and gentlemen's clubs to put the boot in so crudely.’
      • ‘He is such a nice man that one hesitates to put the boot in.’