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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 groundHitting 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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