the boot is on the other foot

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the boot is on the other foot

"the boot is on the other foot"

the ​situation is now the ​opposite of what it was, ​especially because someone who was ​weak now has ​power


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the boot is on the other foot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How does it feel now that the boot is on the other foot?

Friend 2:  Terrible. I felt a little guilty when I cheated on my girlfriend but now that my girlfriend has cheated on me, I feel absolutely betrayed and jealous and just really bad.

Friend 1:  Perhaps you will think twice before cheating on your next girlfriend.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the boot is on the other foot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I can't believe that William stole my idea and took it to the boss and claimed it as his own.

Colleague 2:  Seriously? How many times have you done the very same thing?

Colleague 1:  I really don't like it when the boot is on the other foot, though.

the boot is on the other foot - Usage:


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the boot is on the other foot - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for the boot is on the other foot.

the boot is on the other foot - Examples:

1)  Now the tide is turning, the boot is on the other foot.

2)  They took it with good grace, and a couple apologized. Funny when the boot is on the other foot how pleasant people can be.

3)  ... and innuendo but falls apart and runs to her mummy's apron strings when the boot is on the other foot.

4)  ... it's his divine right to criticize others but is very thin skinned when the boot is on the other foot.

5)  I used to think that the Alouettes had the Ticats' number and now the boot is on the other foot! All streaks come to an end.

6)  See if they would be willing to give you a chance now the boot is on the other foot.

7)  Westley loves to dish it out but can't take it whenever the boot is on the other foot.

8)  We try to appear relaxed, the boot is on the other foot now. Our daughter calls the shots and we are ...

9)  ... someone may have suffered from such discrimination, s/he perpetuates the same mindset when the boot is on the other foot!

10)  If the boot is on the other foot, someone is experiencing what they used to make others experience.

11)  ... personal freedoms, then I suggest you seriously consider how you'd feel if the boot was on the other foot.

12)  That's blatant discrimination against men and young people. Imagine if the boot was on the other foot and the ADF said women and old people had to ...

13)  ... you must ask yourself how would citizens of The US of A feel if the boot was on the other foot. Just take one example of US foreign policy and ...

14)  ... a stroll down memory lane that will remind how it felt when the boot was on the other foot.

15)  Maybe because I am strict and I know if the boot was on the other foot he'd be whining.

16)  If the boot were on the other foot, you would be sorely disappointed, ...

17)  ... just think about how you would want to be treated if the boot were on the other foot.

18)  How would you react if the boot were on the other foot and he said that to you?

19)  If the boot were on the other foot, would you accept that?

20)  If you have proof -- then, do something. I'm sure if the boot were on the other foot -- the Democrats would be loud and clear.