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boot 1

Pronunciation: /bo͞ot/


1A sturdy item of footwear covering the foot, the ankle, and sometimes the leg below the knee: walking boots
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  • This winter's stylish footwear, from ankle boots to sneakers, will have you praying for more days of snowfall.
  • You will need to wear sturdy footwear, preferably boots, old warm clothes including waterproofs, and bring a packed lunch.
  • She was wearing a white dress, which came pass her knees; she wore no sandals, boots, or footwear of any kind.
1.1A covering or sheath to protect a mechanical connection, as on a gearshift.
Example sentences
  • My original gear shift boot is cracking, peeling and full of holes.
  • Replace a worn shift boot or add color and style to any interior with Wheelskins Genuine Leather Gear Shift Boots.
  • What's the best way to repair a boot on your gear shift that has come loose?
1.2 (also Denver boot) US A clamp placed by the police on the wheel of an illegally parked vehicle to make it immobile.
Example sentences
  • The standard Denver boot is designed to fit vehicles that have a flat rim face.
  • I walked out to my car, grabbed the Denver boot notice off the windshield, and went inside to call the parking people.
  • Now, not only do you have to pay the boot fee plus parking ticket fees, you have to type in the code in the Denver Smart Boot, and then take it to a drop off location!
1.3A covering to protect the lower part of a horse’s leg.
Example sentences
  • Horse boots and bandages are a category that has been increased as equestrians are requesting more specialized products.
  • After unloading Frankie from the float, she gave him one last brush, then put his saddle, bridle and boots on.
  • These boots are essential for horses competing in stressful events such as barrel racing, show jumping, cross country jumping, etc.
1.4 historical An instrument of torture encasing and crushing the foot.
Example sentences
  • In Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the character of Esmeralda is tortured using the boot.
  • Alternatively, the boot could be filled with cool water and then heated over a fire.
  • Sometimes the boot was heated until red hot during interrogation, a reference to this practice is found in Grimm's fairytales.
2 informal A hard kick: I got a boot in the stomach
3British The trunk of a car.
Example sentences
  • I was going to stop and show him what was in the boot but I thought better of it.
  • We were carrying the engine of a World War II Hinkle bomber in the boot (trunk).
  • Two in the front, two in the back, and one in the boot (or should I say ‘trunk’)!
4 (also boot up) [usually as modifier] The process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation: a boot disk
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  • As you can probably tell by the loud buzzing and whirring sounds your computer makes when you turn it on, the boot-up process puts a lot of strain on your system.
  • It's like setting Windows in hibernation mode so that it doesn't have to go through the entire boot-up process when it's called upon.
  • It includes a system monitoring tool and utilities to change the boot-up image and to update the BIOS.
5US Military informal A navy or marine recruit.


[with object]
1 (usually as adjective booted) Place boots on (oneself, another person, or an animal): thin, booted legs
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  • Jefferson, warned in time, booted and saddled for an escape.
  • So y'all leave the house suited and booted, neat and complete from the head to the feet.
  • If you're on the lookout for xenophobia next week, keep your ears open for the sound of booted feet marching towards the nearest hostel for immigrants.
2Kick (something) hard in a specified direction: he ended up booting the ball into the stands
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  • They shoved the door open - kicking it, booting it, shoving three or four times, and as they shoved the door open I put the knife through the gap.
  • When York kicked off by booting the ball straight out and then giving away a first-minute penalty for offside, things looked bleak.
  • Each time she missed, Jesse taunted her again, until Amber was so angry with him that she booted it the hardest she ever had.
propel, drive
2.1 (boot someone off) Force someone to leave a vehicle unceremoniously: the driver booted two teenagers off the bus
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  • Nikko does have a lot of fans, and there were a lot of people who thought that he had been booted off too early.
  • Not to worry, we can stay here until they boot us off.
  • He sat next to her on the bed, nervous of whether she'd boot him off or not.
2.2 (boot someone out) informal Force someone to leave a place, institution, or job unceremoniously: she had been booted out of school
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  • If they break the law they will be booted out of the country.
  • Firms hired to improve hygiene will be told to clean up their act - or they will be booted out.
  • Once in, the members must follow certain protocols of interaction (either directly or indirectly enforced) or they are booted out.
3Start (a computer) and put it into a state of readiness for operation: the menu will be ready as soon as you boot up your computer [no object]: the system won’t boot from the original drive
From bootstrap
More example sentences
  • Instead of booting from the hard disk, your computer will now boot from the floppy and a menu will appear.
  • Then the infected floppy disks may infect other computers that boot from them, and the virus copy on the hard disk will try to infect still more floppies.
  • You have to hit the Connect button before you boot up your computer.
start up, fire up, reboot
4US Place a Denver boot on (an illegally parked car).
Example sentences
  • At the time I was booted, I was parked legitimately.
  • Vehicles that block dumpsters will be subject to being booted and/or towed.
  • If any number of tickets are not paid within 30 days of being issued, the vehicle will be booted.



boots on the ground

informal Ground troops who are on active service in a military operation: they could have gone to their allies and got more boots on the ground while he backs high-tech warfare, he also sees boots on the ground as essential
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  • The revolutionary transformation of modern military forces has not reduced the need for boots on the ground.
  • You've got to have boots on the ground.
  • We will figure out what the right combination of boots on the ground may be.

die with one's boots on

Die in battle or while otherwise actively occupied.
Example sentences
  • I'm a third-generation Texan, inheritor of the ‘die with our boots on’ culture, and I do have a handgun license.
  • Like most good actors, some day I hope I die with my boots on.’
  • ‘This is my way of giving back to society what it has given to me,’ says the young and energetic officer, who admittedly would like to die with his boots on.

get the boot

informal Be dismissed from one’s job.
Example sentences
  • Well, he got the boot after a series of mediocre interviews.
  • That's why I was hired in the first place, but I can't really say whether I left or I got the boot.
  • Unfortunately, it came down to only one winner, and the other got the boot.

give someone the boot

informal Dismiss someone from their job.
Example sentences
  • She knows what she did was wrong and I have spoken to her about it but I am not giving her the boot from the band.
  • Plenty of less understanding women would give you the boot.
  • Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!

one's heart sank (or fell) into one's boots

Used to refer to a sudden onset of depression or dismay: the way your heart drops to your boots if your foal has terribly crooked legs
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  • My heart sank into my boots.

you (can) bet your boots

informal Used to express certainty about a situation or statement: you can bet your boots that patrol has raised the alarm
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  • If it's not those fancy new shoes they're wearing, you can bet your boots they didn't prepare properly before hitting the slopes at the weekend.
  • If such a clinical study existed then you can bet your boots that they would have published it in full.
  • And of course you can bet your boots that these are the first, but many other MS-tools are to follow.


Middle English: from Old Norse bóti or its source, Old French bote, of unknown ultimate origin.

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boot 2

Pronunciation: /bo͞ot/


(in phrase to boot)
As well; in addition: images that are precise, revealing, and often beautiful to boot
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  • It is therefore a building of great historical importance, and a beautiful building to boot.
  • Oh, and there's a gardener's cottage at the back of the building to boot.
  • We don't know where our next broadband is coming from, and I'm off work until the middle of next week, to boot.
as well, also, too, besides, in the bargain, in addition, additionally, on top, what's more, moreover, furthermore, likewise
informal and all


Originally ‘something extra thrown into a bargain,’ from Old English bōt 'advantage, remedy', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boete and German Busse 'penance, fine', also to better1 and best.

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