give (one) the boot

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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.
See also: boot, give
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They receive a pension others can only dream of, and if the voters give them the boot they receive a few thousands to tide them over until they find a proper job.
If we do have a leader and executive from 2015, I hope our councillors will hold them to account and give them the boot if required.
The law should be changed so we can give them the boot.
We give people chances, give them the benefit of the doubt, try to believe every far-fetched, unlikely story they tell us before we have to give them the boot, toss them out and start the process all over again.
THE SMOKY STAIRWELL of a random Nob Hill apartment is crowded with wasters refusing to call it a night after the bartenders give them the boot.
CHELSEA'S new chief executive Peter Kenyon will show his former employees no mercy as he prepares to give them the boot at Stamford Bridge.
And defender Tate revealed Sousa (below) has told the players he will give them the boot if they fail to start meeting his standards.