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English definition of “put the boot in”

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.
(Definition of put the boot in from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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