the boot is on the other foot

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the boot is on the other foot

British
used to say that a situation has changed to the opposite of what it was before
  • The boot is on the other foot and he is the one asking for help this time.

Word by Word Definitions

boot play
  1. : deliverance

  2. : something to equalize a trade

  3. : avail

  1. : avail, profit

  1. : a fitted covering (as of leather or rubber) for the foot and usually reaching above the ankle

  2. : an instrument of torture used to crush the leg and foot

  3. : something that resembles or is likened to a boot

  1. : to put boots on

  2. : kick

  3. : to eject or discharge summarily

  1. : booty, plunder

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

foot play
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands

  2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

  3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot

  1. : dance

  2. : to go on foot

  3. : to make speed : move


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