boot1 W3S2 [bu:t] n
[Sense: 1-3, 5-7; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: bote]
[Sense: 4; Date: 1300-1400; : Old English; Origin: bot 'advantage, profit, use']
1.) a type of shoe that covers your whole foot and the lower part of your leg
hiking boots
a pair of walking boots
2.) BrE an enclosed space at the back of a car, used for carrying bags etc
American Equivalent: trunk
The new model has a bigger boot.
3.) the boot informal
when someone is forced to leave their job
= ↑the sack
The chairman denied that he had been given the boot .
He should have got the boot years ago.
4.) to boot
in addition to everything else you have mentioned
She was a great sportswoman, and beautiful to boot.
5.) put the boot inBrE 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
6.) the boot is on the other foot
BrE 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.) AmE a metal object that the police attach to one of the wheels of an illegally parked car so that it cannot be moved
British Equivalent: wheel clamp
be/get too big for your boots atbig1 (14), lick sb's boots atlick1 (7), tough as old boots attough1 (2)
boot 2
boot2 v
[Sense: 1; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: bootstrap 'to boot up' (1900-2000), probably from bootstrap (noun); BOOTSTRAPS]
[Sense: 2-3; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: BOOT1]
1.) also boot up [I and T]
to start the program that makes a computer ready to be used
2.) [T] informal
to kick someone or something hard
boot sth in/round/down etc
The goalkeeper booted the ball upfield.
3.) [T] AmE
to stop someone from moving their illegally parked vehicle by fixing a piece of equipment to one of the wheels
British Equivalent: clamp
boot out [boot sb<=>out] phr v
to force someone to leave a place, job, or organization, especially because they have done something wrong
= ↑throw out
His fellow students booted him out of the class.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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