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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 end a relationship with a romantic partner; to break up with one. No, Susan is single again—she gave Kelly the boot.
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Jackie gave the boots to pitman Frank Hill, who passed them on to his then 11-year-old nephew Michael Lillie, now 49 and living in Bedlington.
He then said that, two weeks later, Mills gave the boots to a colleague at The Crown in Oxford.