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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 Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain 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.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of put the boot in from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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