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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.
References in classic literature ?
'Vy didn't you say so before,' said Sam, with great indignation, singling out the boots in question from the heap before him.
Having officiously deposited the gentleman's boots right and left at his feet, and the lady's shoes right and left at hers, he backed towards the door.
The Sergeant pointed to the boot in the footmark, without saying a word.
Now this way and now that, with an obstinate patience that was dreadful to see, Sergeant Cuff tried the boot in the footsteps, and always found it pointing the same way--straight TO the rocks.
Soldiers scattered over the whole place were dragging logs and brushwood and were building shelters with merry chatter and laughter; around the fires sat others, dressed and undressed, drying their shirts and leg bands or mending boots or overcoats and crowding round the boilers and porridge cookers.
How could I do it?" And Polly eyed the new boots reproachfully, as they stood in the first position as if ready for the party.
Polly felt much comforted; but while she began to knit a pretty pair of white bed-socks, to be tied with rose-colored ribbons, for her mother, she thought some very sober thoughts upon the subject of temptation; and if any one had asked her just then what made her sigh, as if something lay heavy on her conscience, she would have answered, "Bronze boots."
Boots shows envy, loses ground, and is regarded as possessing a second- rate mind.
Another gorgeous dinner awaits them on their return to the Veneering halls, and Lady Tippins awaits them, and Boots and Brewer await them.
A universal shriek arose as the russet boots waved wildly from the wreck and a golden head emerged, exclaiming, "I told you so!
"It's a mercy you didn't , Mother!" laughed Jo, looking at her boots. "But we'll have another play sometime that he can see.
Talking of fields and mile-stones reminds me that I want to say, in all seriousness, a few words about women's boots. The women of these islands all wear boots too big for them.
"But, surely, you said that it was a new brown boot?"
"If you get your answer from his tongue, instead of his boot, the case is cleared up--unless I have made a complete mess of it.
She darted from the bed to fling herself at the feet of the king's procurator, but her leg was fast in the heavy block of oak and iron, and she sank down upon the boot, more crushed than a bee with a lump of lead on its wing.