boot

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[ boot ]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Origin of boot

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1275–1325; Middle English bote < Anglo-French, Old French; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for die with one's boots on (1 of 2)

boot

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/ (buːt) /

noun

verb

See also boots

Word Origin for boot

C14 bote, from Old French, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for die with one's boots on (2 of 2)

boot

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/ (buːt) /

verb (usually impersonal)

archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person)what boots it to complain?

noun

obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchangea ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in additionit's cold and musty, and damp to boot

Word Origin for boot

Old English bōt compensation; related to Old Norse bōt remedy, Gothic bōta, Old High German buoza improvement
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Idioms and Phrases with die with one's boots on (1 of 2)

die with one's boots on


Also, die in harness. Expire while working, keep working to the end, as in He'll never retire—he'll die with his boots on, or She knows she'll never get promoted, but she wants to die in harness. Both phrases probably allude to soldiers who died on active duty. Until the early 1600s the noun boot denoted a piece of armor for the legs, which may have given rise to this usage; and Shakespeare used harness in the sense of armor when he wrote: “At least we'll die with harness on our back” (Macbeth 5:5).

Idioms and Phrases with die with one's boots on (2 of 2)

boot


In addition to the idioms beginning with boot

  • boot out
  • boot up

also see:

  • 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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