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What does "boot" mean here? To me it seems like it could mean "persuded" or "asked" or "told", however, I don't know for sure. Also, I couldn't find the appropriate meaning:After two years, rents started to creep up and the landlord booted us to bring in some lawyers.
boot 2 verb
1 ( also boot up ) [ intransitive and transitive ] to start the program that makes a computer ready to be used → load
2 [ transitive ] informal to kick someone or something hard boot something in/round/down etc The goalkeeper booted the ball upfield.
3 [ transitive ] American English to stop someone from moving their illegally parked vehicle by fixing a piece of equipment to one of the wheels SYN clamp British English
boot somebody ↔ out phrasal verb informal
to force someone to leave a place, job, or organization, especially because they have done something wrong SYN throw out : His fellow students booted him out of the class.
Does anyone know what "booted" means in that context? Thanks in advance.
Okay, but "booted us" is followed by "bring in some lawyers".
I asked you to bring in some lawyers.
I persuaded you bring in some lawyers.
But I don't see how the phrasal verb "boot out" has anything to do with "bringing in lawyers" other than that "bringing in lawyers" could prevent the "booting out". It's an odd usage of "boot out".
Oh. now I see. Thanks a lot! I read the sentence completely wrong. Also, the omission of "out" made it a little confusing.