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    To boot someone

    After two years, rents started to creep up and the landlord booted us to bring in some lawyers.
    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:

    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.

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    Re: To boot someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    What does "boot" mean here? To me it seems like it could mean "persuaded" or "asked" or "told", however, I don't know for sure. Also, I couldn't find the appropriate meaning:






    Does anyone know what "booted" means in that context? Thanks in advance.
    Given the context it's "boot out".

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    Re: To boot someone

    Okay, but "booted us" is followed by "bring in some lawyers".

    For example:

    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".

    Thanks.

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    Re: To boot someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Okay, but "booted us" is followed by "bring in some lawyers".

    For example:

    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".

    Thanks.
    The rents went up and the landlord booted them out, so that he could rent the place to lawyers who could afford the higher price. (Lawyers are grossly overpaid)

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    Re: To boot someone

    Oh. now I see. Thanks a lot! I read the sentence completely wrong. Also, the omission of "out" made it a little confusing.

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