Main definitions of boot in US English:

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noun

  • 1A sturdy item of footwear covering the foot, the ankle, and sometimes the leg below the knee.

    ‘walking boots’
    • ‘You will need to wear sturdy footwear, preferably boots, old warm clothes including waterproofs, and bring a packed lunch.’
    • ‘Which is to say, rubber boots are the footwear of choice.’
    • ‘Complete the look with a pair of dark brown biker boots or a stylish pair of vintage sneakers.’
    • ‘And it's got all of his dress shoes and his boots and his tennis shoes.’
    • ‘All are garbed in casual street wear, their large feet clad in brand-name boots or sneakers.’
    • ‘There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the shoes, sandals, boots, and flip-flops I see people wearing.’
    • ‘All players must have proper footwear, football boots or trainers.’
    • ‘Other than that, his feet were shod in sturdy dark grey boots, and he had nothing else.’
    • ‘The footwear line especially the boots are trendy, some are waterproof.’
    • ‘On his feet he was wearing some sturdy walking boots and a few pairs of woolly socks.’
    • ‘She was wearing a white dress, which came pass her knees; she wore no sandals, boots, or footwear of any kind.’
    • ‘Gauntlets were strapped onto his hands and wrists, and sturdy boots were on his feet.’
    • ‘We recommend walking shoes or boots rather than sandals for this walk as it is over uneven ground in places.’
    • ‘For a smart casual look, you can don a stylish pair of elongated, pointy ankle boots.’
    • ‘Wear chemical-resistant boots or footwear during most mixing, loading, and application jobs.’
    • ‘This winter's stylish footwear, from ankle boots to sneakers, will have you praying for more days of snowfall.’
    • ‘For a similar look, try a pair of cap-toe ankle boots on for size.’
    • ‘Apulia, the heel of Italy's boot, is beautiful, affordable - and not overrun with tourists’
    • ‘Most soldiers were issued only normal field jackets, not parkas, and leather boots, not footwear suitable for snow.’
    • ‘The girl was wearing leather ankle boots and the guy was wearing sneakers.’
    gumboot, wellington, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
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    1. 1.1 A covering or sheath to protect a mechanical connection, as on a gearshift.
      • ‘Replace a worn shift boot or add color and style to any interior with Wheelskins Genuine Leather Gear Shift Boots.’
      • ‘My original gear shift boot is cracking, peeling and full of holes.’
      • ‘What's the best way to repair a boot on your gear shift that has come loose?’
      • ‘Once the center panel is removed, use a screw driver to remove the four screws attaching the base of the shift boot to the center console.’
      • ‘Remove the lower shift boot from the shift lever.’
    2. 1.2 A covering to protect the lower part of a horse's leg.
      • ‘Protect your horse's legs from our large selection of horse boots!’
      • ‘How to take care of a horse using leg boots.’
      • ‘My horse has short canon bones and I found the hind boots quite long, but the fore leg boots fitted a treat.’
      • ‘After unloading Frankie from the float, she gave him one last brush, then put his saddle, bridle and boots on.’
      • ‘Horse boots and bandages are a category that has been increased as equestrians are requesting more specialized products.’
      • ‘Sometimes the front and hind-leg boots of the same set are different in shape.’
      • ‘Before using splint boots it is important to understand how to put them on properly.’
      • ‘These boots are essential for horses competing in stressful events such as barrel racing, show jumping, cross country jumping, etc.’
      • ‘These trailering boots are unsurpassed in protecting your horse's legs from the knees to the heels.’
      • ‘Is the overwhelming variety of horse boots confusing to you?’
    3. 1.3historical An instrument of torture encasing and crushing the foot.
      • ‘In Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the character of Esmeralda is tortured using the boot.’
      • ‘The torture of the boot was considered by contemporary observers to be the ‘most severe and cruel pain in the world’.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the boot could be filled with cool water and then heated over a fire.’
      • ‘Sometimes the boot was heated until red hot during interrogation, a reference to this practice is found in Grimm's fairytales.’
    4. 1.4US A clamp placed by the police on the wheel of an illegally parked vehicle to make it immobile.
      • ‘Chicago officials say the threat of the Denver boot has convinced more than 23-hundred parking ticket defulters to pay up.’
      • ‘Now, not only do you have to pay the boot fee plus parking ticket fees, you have to type in the code in the Denver Smart Boot, and then take it to a drop off location!’
      • ‘Someone made off with a Denver boot vehicle immobilization device placed on a vehicle parked on the 500 block of Bannock Street between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8.’
      • ‘The standard Denver boot is designed to fit vehicles that have a flat rim face.’
      • ‘I walked out to my car, grabbed the Denver boot notice off the windshield, and went inside to call the parking people.’
  • 2informal A hard kick.

    ‘I got a boot in the stomach’
    kick, blow, knock
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  • 3British An enclosed space at the back of a car for carrying luggage or other goods; a trunk.

    • ‘For so large a vehicle, the boot is relatively small.’
    • ‘We were wrestling and both fell onto the car boot.’
    • ‘It is hoped a new law will stop cases like the alligator found in the boot of a car.’
    • ‘The only real upside to this penny-pinching is the extra space in the boot.’
    • ‘Plus there's a colossal boot, loads of space inside, extremely comfortable seats and a genuine sense of quality.’
    • ‘Police stopped the vehicle early yesterday morning and found a number of items in the boot of the vehicle.’
    • ‘I've made ample use of the boot space itself, and even managed to squeeze a dining table and four chairs in the back, which was rather impressive.’
    • ‘So that would be an explanation for the contamination in the boot of the car but not an explanation for contamination anywhere else.’
    • ‘The boot space takes the luggage of a family of four, excluding quad bikes.’
    • ‘If the boot is full of luggage - two of you are away for a weekend - then that has to be removed to make space for the punctured tyre.’
    • ‘Fill the car with people and the boot will struggle to carry their luggage; a roof box is the best solution’
    • ‘A piece of tow rope of identical composition was found in the boot in a bag in a Rover motor car which the appellant's father had bought in April 2001, after the robbery.’
    • ‘Squeezing a fifth person in would have been tight and the boot space was a little skimpy.’
    • ‘Do not leave property inside the vehicle, even in the boot or under the parcel shelf.’
    • ‘The dimensions are slightly larger inside and out and there's also more space in the boot.’
    • ‘Two in the front, two in the back, and one in the boot (or should I say ‘trunk’)!’
    • ‘The fabulous build quality continues on the inside - passengers cannot grumble about space and the boot is big and box-shaped.’
    • ‘You don't want to be ripped off by a bootlegger who sells pirate copies from the boot of a car.’
    • ‘We were carrying the engine of a World War II Hinkle bomber in the boot (trunk).’
    • ‘Marsden was there and the boot of his vehicle was open.’
    • ‘He had a white carrier bag out of the boot and he put it through the window.’
    • ‘The arrangement was for the heroin to be left in the boot of a car in Brussels in exactly the same way as before.’
    • ‘He left behind a number of other valuable items, which were locked in the boot of the vehicle.’
    • ‘The Pottages opened the boot of their car, at the very least appearing to ignore the claimant who continued to address them.’
    • ‘As a luggage carrier, the boot provides 490 litres of space, and with the rear seats folded down there is a class-leading 1,694 litres.’
    • ‘There are head restraints in the back (although these can impede rear visibility when parking) and the backs of the rear seats adjust to give more space in the boot.’
    • ‘Most of the length is the far side of the rear wheels, meaning the boot is truly massive.’
    • ‘Since the start of the year, police have recorded the theft of 30 spare wheels from the boots of cars.’
    • ‘When we got home we took the stuff out of the boot and carried them to the house.’
    • ‘Include the rear boot for a combined 260 litres of storage space.’
    • ‘He would then take off his overalls and keep them in the boot of his car.’
    • ‘Set the seat as far back as it will go, and you are rewarded with a veritable ocean of knee-room in the back for such a compact car, but with limited space in the boot.’
    • ‘This gives a well-sized boot and interior that can carry four adults comfortably.’
    • ‘The officer then got the jack from the boot of the vehicle, jacked it up and released Phillips.’
    • ‘The vehicle, which has yet to be approved by the car manufacturer's board, will be a saloon with four doors and large boot and is intended initially for Asia and China.’
    • ‘There are similar patches of tape on the hood and on the trunk, the boot of this vehicle.’
    • ‘The boot holds a reasonable amount of soft luggage - those infernal golf clubs might fit in and you still have the suitcase shelf behind the seats.’
    • ‘The new car also carries a Fix and Go puncture repair kit, that is a compressor unit and a powerful puncture repair liquid, which is carried in the boot.’
    • ‘The security guard was alone at the time and while he was on the ground the robbers pulled money boxes out of the boot of his vehicle.’
    • ‘A full-size spare wheel is under the boot floor.’
    • ‘I was going to stop and show him what was in the boot but I thought better of it.’
  • 4usually as modifier The process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation.

    ‘a boot disk’
    • ‘I mentioned in my article how I liked the fresh new look and the faster boot-up time.’
    • ‘Custom configurations are not stored when powered off and must be loaded at boot-up (which can be automated easily).’
    • ‘Passwords have even found new niches in the form of boot managers, remote login formats and advanced security systems.’
    • ‘There are dozens of options - one lets you log on automatically at boot-up, convenient for cable and DSL modem users.’
    • ‘Look for a data recovery software package that has a boot disk option available.’
    • ‘This versatility was enhanced by the system's inherent stability, robust and usable map package, and rapid boot-up capability.’
    • ‘Is it possible to turn off the kernel boot-up messages?’
    • ‘For example, some viruses infect executable code in the boot sector of floppy disks or in system areas of hard drives.’
    • ‘Several manufacturers are now doing this, and it is definitely a nice touch away from the DOS boot disk and flash utility of old.’
    • ‘This is a setting in your system BIOS setup, which you can access during the boot process.’
    • ‘Make a DOS floppy boot disk, and have the configuration program for each card handy on floppy.’
    • ‘I'm already going to assume you already know some of the basics, like backing up your stuff, and making a DOS boot disk.’
    • ‘I figured, however, that what he perceived as a significant decrease in the notebook's speed was actually the long boot-up time.’
    • ‘It includes a system monitoring tool and utilities to change the boot-up image and to update the BIOS.’
    • ‘He switched it on, and watched as the screen flashed as the machine went through its boot-up procedure.’
    • ‘How far into the boot process is the machine when you get this message?’
    • ‘As you can probably tell by the loud buzzing and whirring sounds your computer makes when you turn it on, the boot-up process puts a lot of strain on your system.’
    • ‘It's like setting Windows in hibernation mode so that it doesn't have to go through the entire boot-up process when it's called upon.’
    • ‘Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised’
    • ‘Always take the opportunity to make a boot diskette when Linux gives you that option.’
    • ‘A common way to access these settings is to press the F2 or delete button during the first few seconds of a boot-up.’
  • 5US Military
    informal A navy or marine recruit.

verb

[with object]
  • 1usually as adjective bootedPlace boots on (oneself, another person, or an animal)

    ‘thin, booted legs’
    • ‘I didn't hear anything else come out of the phone because Carl's booted foot located it and crushed it.’
    • ‘Before they could blend into the crowd however, a booted foot smashed brutally into Riane's knee and sent her tumbling to the ground with a startled cry.’
    • ‘A booted foot prodded the lady in the side, and she awakened with a start, looking, perhaps understandably, somewhat frightened.’
    • ‘Repeating the action, his gaze settled on Ikeda's booted feet.’
    • ‘The sheikh and his immediate family members are pushed to the ground with a booted foot and held there at gunpoint.’
    • ‘As the massive log burned down, he'd raise a booted foot and shove the log a little farther into the fireplace.’
    • ‘Propping his booted feet on the polished table, he matched Shanza's stare with a bright, shrewd one of his own.’
    • ‘The sound of booted feet advancing towards him erased any further thought.’
    • ‘The booted, foul-mouthed, razored men are nothing matching you.’
    • ‘She is mid thirties and angular, chewing gum and bouncing a booted foot, with her arms tightly folded across her flat chest.’
    • ‘And then, of course, there's the regular beating with fists and booted feet.’
    • ‘He rubbed his booted foot in the pebbles on the walk, and waited with his eyes downcast.’
    • ‘So y'all leave the house suited and booted, neat and complete from the head to the feet.’
    • ‘The metal floor clanged monotonously with each fall of Rick's booted feet.’
    • ‘If you're on the lookout for xenophobia next week, keep your ears open for the sound of booted feet marching towards the nearest hostel for immigrants.’
    • ‘The two men crashed into each other and tumbled along the dirt to the sounds of shouted orders and the stomp of booted feet.’
    • ‘Snow crunched beneath his booted feet, every so often spotted by a few drops of blood like an eerie set of tiny footprints.’
    • ‘Jefferson, warned in time, booted and saddled for an escape.’
    • ‘Their passage was next-to-silent, Anne's booted feet muffled by the thick emerald carpets.’
    • ‘Mat could see her through the door glass, standing with her hand on the knob as the clutch of booted and hatted pursuers came up the porch steps.’
  • 2Kick (something) hard in a specified direction.

    ‘he ended up booting the ball into the stands’
    • ‘When York kicked off by booting the ball straight out and then giving away a first-minute penalty for offside, things looked bleak.’
    • ‘They booted another two goals while a resolute navy unit kicked one more to end the game with an average of one per quarter.’
    • ‘Our sons have already decided that ‘bathrooms are boring’, and are amusing themselves by booting the back of the driver's seat.’
    • ‘He's a pretty decent punter, having booted nine of eleven punts inside the 20-yard line in 2002.’
    • ‘He was so frustrated in extra time that he took to booting a plastic cup from the dugout.’
    • ‘He sailed the world in the mad destructions of his mind but they found him out and started booting his door in at night.’
    • ‘Lewis converted three of the tries, as well as booting a first-half penalty.’
    • ‘The kids would boot that ball as hard as they could into the lot of them!’
    • ‘Jackson then had the honour of booting the final points of term - the conversion going in off an upright to the loudest cheer of the night.’
    • ‘Each time she missed, Jesse taunted her again, until Amber was so angry with him that she booted it the hardest she ever had.’
    • ‘They shoved the door open - kicking it, booting it, shoving three or four times, and as they shoved the door open I put the knife through the gap.’
    • ‘He could have allowed it to run for a goal kick or even booted it into the stand.’
    • ‘He began to get some decent mounts and started booting home winners regularly.’
    • ‘Callaghan bounced up and ecstatically booted the ball as hard as he could amid wild celebrations which were something to behold - for those still able to watch.’
    • ‘Things got worse when a dropped home pass was booted down the other end for Roundhegians to kick a second penalty and close the gap to two points.’
    kick, punt, bunt, strike with the foot, tap
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    1. 2.1boot someone off Force someone to leave a vehicle unceremoniously.
      ‘the driver booted two teenagers off the bus’
      • ‘He lasted ten minutes before the coach booted him off the pitch and made him watch from the side.’
      • ‘Crew members booted them off the plane in Washington D.C. for their drunk and disorderly behavior.’
      • ‘Nikko does have a lot of fans, and there were a lot of people who thought that he had been booted off too early.’
      • ‘As the national guard boots them off their fertile land to make room for foreign investment, the armed rebels point automatics at their heads and kick them back.’
      • ‘Not to worry, we can stay here until they boot us off.’
      • ‘He sat next to her on the bed, nervous of whether she'd boot him off or not.’
      • ‘She adds an encryption so they cannot boot her off the site.’
      • ‘Charity volunteers thought they were given their marching orders when the council booted them off their usual patch.’
      • ‘I'm warning you; mind your mouth or I'll boot you off the estate.’
      • ‘The guard took great pleasure in explaining that if he did, just how much he would relish booting them off the site.’
    2. 2.2boot someone outinformal Force someone to leave a place, institution, or job unceremoniously.
      ‘she had been booted out of school’
      • ‘If Davis is booted out, it will more or less become accepted fact that he was an inept governor.’
      • ‘Firms hired to improve hygiene will be told to clean up their act - or they will be booted out.’
      • ‘It has threatened to boot England out of the tournament if the violence reoccurs.’
      • ‘Let me get in the door before you boot me out again.’
      • ‘Little did he know that one of the first political uses of this transforming technology would be facilitating a way to boot him out of office.’
      • ‘Didn't we already have one of those in the first season and he was booted out very quickly.’
      • ‘But just a year later, with the economy in tatters, he was booted out of office by a little-known state governor named Bill Clinton.’
      • ‘Politicians generally don't understand the immorality and illegality of their acts, till they are booted out of power.’
      • ‘If you don't like the lot in power, you have this chance to boot them out.’
      • ‘This is distressing because it marks phase one of the scheme to boot me out of my own ‘study’ and turn it into a nursery.’
      • ‘Once in, the members must follow certain protocols of interaction (either directly or indirectly enforced) or they are booted out.’
      • ‘Suddenly some authority is booting him out, in what he sees as bloodymindedness.’
      • ‘Are they going to boot him out of office if he doesn't march in step?’
      • ‘He believed he was ‘untouchable’ but his victims finally became sick of the yob and helped a specialist council unit to boot him out of their neighbourhood.’
      • ‘How much evil is the current government going to inflict on our world before we wake up and boot them out?’
      • ‘If they break the law they will be booted out of the country.’
      • ‘Well, that's the term they use when they boot someone out.’
      • ‘Far from booting them out, we want to welcome everyone on board.’
      • ‘But now the community dance club claim the fact they did not patrol the door for a short spell on December 13 is being used as an excuse to boot them out.’
      • ‘There will be no international commitment to pursue if she is booted out of office.’
      dismiss, give someone their notice, throw out, get rid of, discharge
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  • 3Start (a computer) and put it into a state of readiness for operation.

    ‘the menu will be ready as soon as you boot up your computer’
    no object ‘the system won't boot from the original drive’
    • ‘When power's restored, the server cannot even boot up to its welcome or logon screen.’
    • ‘The humming sound of machinery booting up filled the room, and Cameron knew what was happening.’
    • ‘Both of these attacks can be easily subverted by booting the affected computer from a CD-ROM.’
    • ‘Instead of booting from the hard disk, your computer will now boot from the floppy and a menu will appear.’
    • ‘So now you know that these tools are available when you boot from the Installer DVD.’
    • ‘For instance, if I took an already working boot disk and just burn that to a CD, would it boot the computer?’
    • ‘Which is faster, getting through airport security or booting your computer?’
    • ‘Choose one of the icons, and it'll boot up the title screen of the game in a couple of seconds.’
    • ‘Secondly, oftentimes when I boot up my PC, the monitor will remain completely blank.’
    • ‘You have to hit the Connect button before you boot up your computer.’
    • ‘If you're successful, your system will boot up and give you a login screen.’
    • ‘Then the infected floppy disks may infect other computers that boot from them, and the virus copy on the hard disk will try to infect still more floppies.’
    • ‘Calmly, I unplugged both hard drives and tried booting it.’
    • ‘One day I got a call from a girl who tells me her laptop won't boot up.’
    • ‘Little black books don't have to be booted up, email programs and cell phones have their own address books, and the internet is one big phone book anyway.’
    • ‘Modern motherboard chipsets will boot from a CD-ROM more easily than a floppy diskette.’
    • ‘You will be surprised to see how fast your system boots this time.’
    • ‘If you boot up expecting to see photo-realistic landscapes, then you're going to be disappointed.’
    • ‘If all of the physical components are OK, the next thing is to see if it will boot from a floppy or CD.’
    • ‘While booting up her PC, she doodled on a small pad of paper.’
    start up, fire up, prepare, ready, make ready
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  • 4US Place a Denver boot on (an illegally parked car).

    • ‘If any number of tickets are not paid within 30 days of being issued, the vehicle will be booted.’
    • ‘Murph's car got booted today in the municipal lot for repeated parking violations.’
    • ‘At the time I was booted, I was parked legitimately.’
    • ‘Vehicles that block dumpsters will be subject to being booted and/or towed.’
    • ‘The car of a resident student was ‘booted’ while parked in Lower Science Lot as a result of six unpaid parking tickets.’
    • ‘So let me get this straight: A car was booted because it had too many outstanding tickets.’
    • ‘So here we go: my car got booted, and I'm simply beside myself!’

Phrases

  • boots on the ground

    • informal Ground troops who are on active service in a military operation.

      ‘they could have gone to their allies and got more boots on the ground’
      ‘while he backs high-tech warfare, he also sees boots on the ground as essential’
      • ‘There just aren't the boots on the ground there.’
      • ‘It was only after having boots on the ground that a realistic and practicable plan could be further developed.’
      • ‘We will figure out what the right combination of boots on the ground may be.’
      • ‘The best way to mitigate risk is with more boots on the ground, meaning never patrol dismounted with less than a platoon.’
      • ‘The sooner we get our boots on the ground, the sooner we will complete our mission.’
      • ‘The signs were there that we needed to have more boots on the ground.’
      • ‘Those boots on the ground are almost all armed and in a dangerous situation.’
      • ‘The best contingency planning in the world has continually shown that there is no substitute for actual boots on the ground.’
      • ‘The equation between timing, training, and boots on the ground still doesn't work.’
      • ‘And the general's going to be getting some boots on the ground here in the coming days to make a firsthand assessment, to see how things are going.’
      • ‘These missions require "boots on the ground" in sizable numbers, although air power would still serve as a powerful supporting arm.’
      • ‘Again, the course of action depends on the number of boots on the ground.’
      • ‘Ultimately, putting boots on the ground is the infantry's reason for being.’
      • ‘'It's boots on the ground that win battles - individual soldiers, not people sitting pushing buttons in fancy machinery,' he says.’
      • ‘The revolutionary transformation of modern military forces has not reduced the need for boots on the ground.’
      • ‘And you wonder why you're not seeing more food, more water, more response, more boots on the ground, coming in and assessing the situation and helping.’
      • ‘Boots on the ground is what they need most right now.’
      • ‘Those with "boots on the ground" must understand the political situation and be able to control the tactics and sentiments of their companies, platoons, squads, and fire teams.’
      • ‘You've got to have boots on the ground.’
      • ‘We need all the boots on the ground that we can assemble.’
  • die with one's boots on

    • Die in battle or while otherwise actively occupied.

      • ‘If you wanted to die with your boots on, you went with an agency.’
      • ‘I'm a third-generation Texan, inheritor of the ‘die with our boots on’ culture, and I do have a handgun license.’
      • ‘The few experienced generals who had managed to die with their boots on were probably adequate to the task.’
      • ‘But if I gotta die, and I'm beginning to doubt I do, then I reckon it's better to die with my boots on.’
      • ‘Some, however, died with their boots on - like Oklahoma's Bill Pickett who was kicked in the head by a horse while working on the largest ranch in the Sooner State.’
      • ‘He has been with the boat from the beginning and intends to ‘die with his boots on’ in her service.’
      • ‘He would die with his boots on, ‘having known not… bitterness nor defeat.’’
      • ‘Like most good actors, some day I hope I die with my boots on.’’
      • ‘‘This is my way of giving back to society what it has given to me,’ says the young and energetic officer, who admittedly would like to die with his boots on.’
      • ‘The horse ‘died with his boots on’ by dropping dead during a training session at his stables in Liardet Street in New Plymouth.’
  • get the boot

    • informal Be dismissed from one's job.

      • ‘Well Jennifer got the boot, when in a previous show, she got the highest votes.’
      • ‘That's why I was hired in the first place, but I can't really say whether I left or I got the boot.’
      • ‘The man who had miscalculated got the boot.’
      • ‘Anyway, they were down to three women and white-trash gum-chewing girl got the boot.’
      • ‘Well, he got the boot after a series of mediocre interviews.’
      • ‘Four contestants were handed their walking papers, and here's a recap of who got the boot.’
      • ‘With it, the trend of sending online e-greetings is now slowly getting the boot, as it is definitely much more convenient to send SMS.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it came down to only one winner, and the other got the boot.’
      • ‘‘It's an abuse of human rights,’ says the man, who lived in his apartment for 22 years before getting the boot.’
      • ‘The best way to win a fight is to know your strengths, and if you're a tenant getting the boot from your landlord, then your strengths are your rights.’
  • give someone the boot

    • informal Dismiss someone from their job.

      • ‘Technically, they didn't give her the boot until she wrote a follow-up about requiring passports from ‘suspicious-looking swarthy males.’’
      • ‘She knows what she did was wrong and I have spoken to her about it but I am not giving her the boot from the band.’
      • ‘Despite her colleagues unanimously deciding to give her the boot, with nobody standing on her side, she kept her head held high.’
      • ‘Other members of the tribe gave him the boot because his physical prowess made him a threat to their own ambitions of scooping the £1m prize.’
      • ‘Swindon Council will investigate the complaints, and can take court action to give them the boot.’
      • ‘After giving half-hearted efforts for the NBA season so far to emphasize his point that he wanted out we finally gave him the boot.’
      • ‘The court heard that they gave him the boot because his amphetamine habit made him very unpleasant to work with.’
      • ‘Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!’
      • ‘She caught him fooling around and gave him the boot.’
      • ‘Plenty of less understanding women would give you the boot.’
      • ‘Unless his own party decides to give him the boot, credible alternatives don't exist.’
      dismiss, give someone their notice, throw out, get rid of, discharge
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  • with one's heart in one's boots

    • In a state of great depression or trepidation.

      ‘I had to follow her with my heart in my boots’
      • ‘I opened my computer with my heart in my boots.’
      • ‘The team left Alicante with their heart in their boots, knowing that an unforgettable period in their lives was behind them.’
      • ‘Connie sat and listened with her heart in her boots, as Field was filling petrol.’
      • ‘Be prepared to finish the night with your heart in your boots.’
      • ‘Gethryn hurried along the familiar streets with his heart in his boots sometimes, and sometimes in his mouth.’
      • ‘With my heart in my boots, I climbed inside; opening the window leading to the mainplane and viewed the damage caused by the unsupported wing.’
      • ‘I went to this conference with my heart in my boots.’
  • you (can) bet your boots

    • informal Used to express certainty about a situation or statement.

      ‘you can bet your boots that patrol has raised the alarm’
      • ‘And you can bet your boots I'm going to see if I can get special concessions for it.’
      • ‘Even if we don't consider ourselves an ‘emotional’ person, you bet your boots our past and present feelings steer our lives.’
      • ‘Maybe they listen to the radio, but you can bet your boots they're doing something.’
      • ‘In other words, if you really need or want the information you're hearing, you bet your boots you'll listen.’
      • ‘And of course you can bet your boots that these are the first, but many other MS-tools are to follow.’
      • ‘It takes about 6 minutes for this and you can bet your boots you will see a prize-winning photograph pass you right by during this time.’
      • ‘If such a clinical study existed then you can bet your boots that they would have published it in full.’
      • ‘And you can bet your boots that I'm going to try to incorporate every good idea I see into my next book, too.’
      • ‘So, if you don't do something different, soon and often, you can bet your boots that the competition will.’
      • ‘If it's not those fancy new shoes they're wearing, you can bet your boots they didn't prepare properly before hitting the slopes at the weekend.’
  • one's heart sank (or fell) into one's boots

    • Used to refer to a sudden onset of depression or dismay.

      ‘the way your heart drops to your boots if your foal has terribly crooked legs’
      • ‘My heart sank into my boots.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse bóti or its source, Old French bote, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

boot

/but//bo͞ot/

Main definitions of boot in US English:

: boot1boot2

boot2

noun

in phrase to boot
  • As well; in addition.

    ‘images that are precise, revealing, and often beautiful to boot’
    ‘he is a likable guy, and funny to boot’
    • ‘I would say that this sort of behaviour deserves a ban and a compulsory course in responsible driving to boot!’
    • ‘And now these pundits have returned the favour by giving him his own book and glowing reviews to boot.’
    • ‘If he tried that he'd lose his catch and hook, line and sinker to boot.’
    • ‘He is an unprecedented acting talent that deserves a look or seven, and maybe even a few awards to boot.’
    • ‘The A-class is most exciting, with many of the old model's flaws addressed and a new interior to boot.’
    • ‘And to top it off someone straight bought him one off his wish list to boot.’
    • ‘But it's a nice wee place, and is dead posh to boot, so it's survived pretty well.’
    • ‘He did, and with a budget that only afforded him a two-to-one shooting ratio to boot.’
    • ‘We don't know where our next broadband is coming from, and I'm off work until the middle of next week, to boot.’
    • ‘This was a day-trip into the darker corners of immortality and isolation with a slab of comic humour to boot.’
    • ‘Come on, we chide, they can't have all the wealth, status and talent to boot.’
    • ‘So they managed to find her another court, indeed a better one to boot.’
    • ‘But he was obviously a good player and, far more importantly, a good guy to boot.’
    • ‘I didn't really expect that so that was a definite bonus, and the new songs they played sounded pretty cool to boot.’
    • ‘They claim it promised enough money to see the club through the season, and international players to boot.’
    • ‘This track at least has a warm, beating heart to it - and hooray, it's a toe-tapper to boot.’
    • ‘It is therefore a building of great historical importance, and a beautiful building to boot.’
    • ‘You can calm everyone else's merriness, and, to boot, you can direct the taxi home.’
    • ‘Initially I was disappointed at having chosen a stalls seat, and one right at the front to boot.’
    • ‘Oh, and there's a gardener's cottage at the back of the building to boot.’
    as well, also, too, besides, into the bargain, in addition, additionally, on top, on top of that, over and above that, what's more, moreover, furthermore
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Origin

Old English bōt ‘advantage, remedy’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boete and German Busse ‘penance, fine’, also to better and best.

Pronunciation

boot

/but//bo͞ot/