Sense: 1-3, 5-7
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bote
Sense: 4
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old English
Origin: bot 'advantage, profit, use'


1 noun
boot1 S2 W3 [countable]
1DCC a type of shoe that covers your whole foot and the lower part of your leg [↪ Wellington]:
hiking boots
a pair of boots
2TTC British English an enclosed space at the back of a car, used for carrying bags etc [= trunk American English]
The new model has a bigger boot.

the boot

informal when someone is forced to leave their job [= the sack; ↪ dismiss]:
The chairman denied that he had been given the boot.
He should have got the boot years ago.

to boot

in addition to everything else you have mentioned:
She was a great sportswoman, and beautiful to boot.

put the boot in

British English informal
a) to criticize or be cruel to someone who is already in a bad situation
b) to attack someone by kicking them repeatedly, especially when they are on the ground

the boot is on the other foot

British English used to say someone who has caused problems for other people in the past is now in a situation in which people are causing problems for them
7 American English a metal object that the police attach to one of the wheels of an illegally parked car so that it cannot be moved [= wheel clamp British English]

➔ be/get too big for your boots

at big1 (14)

; ➔ lick somebody's boots

at lick1 (7)

; ➔ tough as old boots

at tough1 (2)

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