to put the boot in


to put the boot in
to put the boot in
Brit informal
1 : to treat someone in a cruel or critical way
2 : to kick someone again and again
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Main Entry:boot

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • put the boot in —  1. Take vigorously decisive action (usu. unpleasant).  2. Kick. Attack person by kicking …   A concise dictionary of English slang


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