the boot is on the other foot


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the boot is on the other foot

The roles (of two or more people) have been reversed, especially roles that were the opposite of each other. I can see that you don't like being told what to do, but now the boot is on the other foot!
See also: boot, foot, on, other
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the boot is on the other foot

BRITISH or

the shoe is on the other foot

AMERICAN
If the boot is on the other foot, a situation is the opposite of what it was before, so that the people who were previously in a better position are now in a worse one, and those who were in a worse position are now in a better one. Comments like that from a manager are better made in private. If the boot was on the other foot and a player went public like that after a game, his club would quickly be looking to punish him. The fact is, I'm in the job. You may have assisted along the way, but as far as I know you're not in a position to remove me. The boot is now on the other foot. Note: Until the end of the 18th century, shoes could be worn on either foot, as cobblers did not make `right' and `left' shoes. If a person found that one of their shoes hurt their foot, they could try wearing it on their other foot to see if it felt better that way.
See also: boot, foot, on, other
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the boot is on the other foot

the situation has reversed.
A North American variant is the shoe is on the other foot .
See also: boot, foot, on, other
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the boot is on the other ˈfoot

(British English) (American English the shoe is on the other ˈfoot) (informal) a situation is now the opposite of what it was: She used to be the one who had to obey orders, but the boot is on the other foot now she’s been promoted.
See also: boot, foot, on, other
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