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1. noun, slang A thrill; a jolt of pleasure or excitement. I always get a boot out of seeing the kids open their gifts on each day of Hanukkah. Just because we're retired doesn't mean we can't get a boot out of life!
2. verb, slang To dismiss or discharge someone unceremoniously from some job, role, position, etc. A: "What happened to Bill?" B: "I heard they booted him for screwing up the Robertson accounts." They booted the senator out of office after evidence of his involvement in the scandal came to light.
3. verb, slang To eject or remove someone from some place. Tell the bouncer to boot those obnoxious guys, will ya? You have no grounds to boot us out of here! Hey, watch the hair!
4. verb, slang To vomit. I've been so sick that I feel like I've booted everything I've ever eaten.

the boot

Prompt, unceremonious dismissal from one's job, role, or position. I heard they gave Bill the boot for screwing up the Robertson accounts. Everyone has been expecting the senator to get the boot after evidence of his involvement in the scandal came to light.
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dismissal from employment or from a place that one is in. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) I guess I wasn't dressed well enough to go in there. They gave me the boot. I'll work harder at my job today. I nearly got the boot yesterday.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. n. a thrill; a charge. I get a real boot out of my grandchildren.
2. tv. to dismiss or eject someone. I booted him myself.
3. n. a dismissal or ejection. I got the boot even though I had worked there for a decade.
4. tv. & in. to start the operating system of a computer. When I booted, all I got was a feep.
5. in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. The kid booted and booted and will probably never smoke another cigar.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.