to put the boot in

Definition of to put the boot in

British, informal

  1. 1 :  to treat someone in a cruel or critical way

  2. 2 :  to kick someone again and again

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

bootplay
  1. :  deliverance

    :  something to equalize a trade

    :  avail

  1. :  avail, profit

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

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

    :  something that resembles or is likened to a boot

  1. :  to put boots on

    :  kick

    :  to make an error on (a grounder in baseball)

  1. :  booty, plunder


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