|Origin:||bootstrap 'to boot up' (1900-2000), probably from bootstrap (noun); BOOTSTRAPS|
1TDTD also boot up [intransitive and transitive]
to start the program that makes a computer ready to be used [↪ load]
2 [transitive] informal
to kick someone or something hard
boot something in/round/down etc
The goalkeeper booted the ball upfield.
3 [transitive] American EnglishTTCSCP
to stop someone from moving their illegally parked vehicle by fixing a piece of equipment to one of the wheels [= clamp British English]
boot somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
His fellow students booted him out of the class.