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give (one) the boot

1. To fire one. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that my boss is going to give me the boot.
2. To break up with a romantic partner. No, Susan is single again—she gave Kelly the boot.
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The Rotarians give the boots to the charity which sends them to African countries such as Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia.