the boot
   summary dismissal from employment
   From the kick to speed the departing servant, which today would land you in court if not in hospital:
    You know they can't sack teachers. You've got to do something really drastic before they give you the boot. (Sharpe, 1976)
   The British Order of the Boot is such dismissal.

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