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23 / 09 / 2008

CLOTHING EXPRESSIONS-5: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we continue our look at English clothing expressions, this time with the word boot (bota). 

Today's first expression is: to be given the boot or to get the boot (informal)

Meaning: to be told that you must leave your job or that a relationship you are having with someone is over.

Example 1
Due to poor performance, the CEO will most likely get the boot next month.

We can also use this expression to mean forcing someone to leave a place (to boot someone out of a place).

Example 2
He was so drunk that the bartender finally booted him out of the bar. Thank God!

Today's second expression is: the boot is on the other foot (in American English, the shoe is on the other foot)

Meaning: used to say that a situation has changed so that someone now has the power or authority over the person who used to have the power or authority over them. 

Example 3:
In the past Europe had great influence over China's economy, but the boot is on the other foot now.  

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