Meaning of “put the boot in” in the English Dictionary

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"put the boot in" in British English

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put the boot in


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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)