to put the boot in

idiom

British, informal
1
: to treat someone in a cruel or critical way
2
: to kick someone again and again

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“To put the boot in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20put%20the%20boot%20in. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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