Definition of give someone the boot in US English:

give someone the boot


  • 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.’’
    • ‘Unless his own party decides to give him the boot, credible alternatives don't exist.’
    • ‘Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!’
    • ‘Plenty of less understanding women would give you the boot.’
    • ‘She caught him fooling around and gave him 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The court heard that they gave him the boot because his amphetamine habit made him very unpleasant to work with.’
    dismiss, give someone their notice, throw out, get rid of, discharge
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