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put the boot in

informal
to kick someone when they are already on the ground to make a bad situation worse, by criticizing or being unkind: After he lost his job, his wife put the boot in by announcing she was leaving him.
Translations of “put the boot in”
in Chinese (Traditional) (在對方已倒地後)繼續踢打, 雪上加霜…
in Chinese (Simplified) (在对方已倒地后)继续踢打, 雪上加霜…
(Definition of put the boot in from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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