a covering of leather, rubber, or the like, for the foot and ankle, and usually all or part of the leg: She wore knee-high boots over her jeans.This plaid shirt will look great with distressed black jeans and a cute pair of ankle boots.
an overshoe, especially one of rubber or other waterproof material: His rain boots protect his dress shoes from the mud.
any sheathlike protective covering: You can use a stiff piece of paper or foil as a boot for a damaged bicycle tire.
a protective covering for the foot and part of the leg of a horse.
a protecting cover or apron for the driver's seat of an open vehicle.
the receptacle into which the top of a convertible car fits when lowered, or the cloth covering for it.
British. the trunk of an automobile: The spare tire's in the boot.
the boot, Slang. a dismissal; discharge: They gave him the boot for coming in late.
Computers. an act or instance of starting up a computer or program.
a rubber covering for the connection between each spark-plug terminal and ignition cable in an automotive ignition system.
Also called Denver boot. a metal device attached to the wheel of a parked car so that it cannot be driven away until a fine is paid or the owner reports to the police: used by police to catch scofflaws.
an instrument of torture for the leg, consisting of a kind of vise extending from the knee to the ankle, tightened around the leg by means of screws.
U.S. Navy, Marines. a recruit.
Music. the box that holds the reed in the reed pipe of an organ.
Informal. a sensation of pleasure or amusement: Watching that young skater win a gold medal gave me a real boot.
Baseball. a fumble of a ball batted on the ground, usually to the infield.
to kick; drive by kicking: The boy booted a tin can down the street.
Football. to kick.
Baseball. to fumble (a ground ball).
to start (a computer) by loading and initializing the operating system (often followed by up): I can't do that on my tablet so I'll have to boot up my desktop.
to start (a program) by loading the first few instructions, which will then bring in the rest (often followed by up).
Slang. to expel; discharge: They booted him out of school for selling drugs.
to put boots on; equip or provide with boots.
to attach a Denver boot to: Police will boot any car with unpaid fines.
to torture with a vise tightened around the leg by means of screws.
Computers. to start a computer or program, or be started in this way (often followed by up): My laptop won't boot and shows a blank screen.
Idioms about boot
bet one's boots, to be sure or certain: You can bet your boots I'll be there!
boots on the ground,
troops or forces who are physically present in a military campaign, law enforcement operation, or the like: Will NATO put boots on the ground to enforce the agreement?
people who are physically present to carry out work: Some of our volunteers work online, and others work as boots on the ground in several locations.
die with one's boots on, : Also especially British, die in one's boots.
to die while actively engaged in one's work, profession, etc.
to die fighting, especially in battle, or in some worthy cause.
get a boot, Informal. to derive keen enjoyment: I really got a boot out of his ridiculous stories.
Other definitions for boot (2 of 3)
Archaic. something given into the bargain.
remedy; relief; help.
Archaic. to be of profit, advantage, or avail (to): It boots thee not to complain.
How to use boot in a sentence
Good thing your paracord laces do more than just hold your boots on your feet.This essential survival tool can save your life 10 different ways | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Practical and tasteful, with a simple embossed logo that lends it a graphic personality to boot, the affordable vegan-leather bags have become a widely sought status symbol.Telfar’s move to make its sought-after bag available to everyone was smart business | Marc Bain | August 21, 2020 | Quartz
I took that trip, I put hiking boots on for the first time, and I saw my first wild animal.3-D Printed Statues in Central Park Shine a Light on Women Scientists - Facts So Romantic | Mary Ellen Hannibal | August 18, 2020 | Nautilus
That’s not as big as what you’d get on most hiking boots, but they provide enough traction to keep you stable on your feet.
Embedding posts with visuals such as videos, infographics, and photos might mean additional advantages to boot.SEO on a shoestring budget: What small business owners can do to win | Ali Faagba | June 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Season three was the strongest one the series has produced yet, to boot.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More | Kevin Fallon | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The rule is that every time a new writer enters the canon an old one has to get the boot.
He became as polarizing a figure as the war itself, court jester to Nixon and corporate shill to boot.
And he was less than a month from his third decade, to boot.
The Charmington boot and the Charmington Bouquet were very freely advertised.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
At last, some one came, a man, and his firm tread of boot-shod feet betokened a soldier.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Ellis's patent boot studs to save the sole, and the Euknemida, or concave-convex fastening springs, are the latest novelties.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little glittering circlet.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Of course, an artificial mouthpiece has to be provided for our organ-pipe, but this is called the boot.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for boot (1 of 2)
an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear: US and Canadian name: trunk
a protective covering over a mechanical device, such as a rubber sheath protecting a coupling joining two shafts
US and Canadian a rubber patch used to repair a puncture in a tyre
an instrument of torture used to crush the foot and lower leg
a protective covering for the lower leg of a horse
a kick: he gave the door a boot
British slang an ugly person (esp in the phrase old boot)
US slang a navy or marine recruit, esp one in training
computing short for bootstrap (def. 4a)
bet one's boots to be certain: you can bet your boots he'll come
See boots and all
die with one's boots on
to die while still active
to die in battle
lick the boots of to be servile, obsequious, or flattering towards
put the boot in slang
to kick a person, esp when he or she is already down
to harass someone or aggravate a problem
to finish off (something) with unnecessary brutality
the boot slang dismissal from employment; the sack
the boot is on the other foot or the boot is on the other leg the situation is or has now reversed
too big for one's boots self-important or conceited
(tr) (esp in football) to kick
(tr) to equip with boots
(often foll by out) to eject forcibly
to dismiss from employment
Also: boot up to start up the operating system of (a computer) or (of a computer) to begin operating
- See also boots
British Dictionary definitions for boot (2 of 2)
archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person): what boots it to complain?
obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchange: a ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in addition: it's cold and musty, and damp to boot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with boot
In addition to the idioms beginning with boot
- boot out
- boot up
- die with one's boots on
- get the ax (boot)
- kick (boot) out
- lick someone's boots
- pull oneself up (by the bootstraps)
- quake in one's boots
- to boot
- too big for one's breeches (boots)
- you can bet your ass (boots)
Also see undershoe.
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