the boot is on the other foot


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the boot is on the other foot

  (British & Australian) also the shoe is on the other foot (American)
if you say that the boot is on the other foot, you mean that a situation is now the opposite of what it was before, often because a person who was in a weak position is now in a strong position In the past, we had great influence over their economy, but the boot is on the other foot now.
See get a/ foot in the door, shoot in the foot, have one foot in the grave
See also: boot, foot, on, other