Hi dear friends,

These sentences have made me crazy. please help me in understanding them by answering the following questions:

1. What does "it" refer to in the 1st sentence?

2.What does "boot" mean in the last sentence? Is "the boot is the boot" an expression here or not?

3.What does "administer" mean? manage or strike or something else?

She couldn't say she hadn't seen it coming. And James was certainly gentle, even paternal. But the boot was the boot however it was administered.

Thank you very much in advance.

hossein31
Hi,

Get the boot is an idiomatic expression that means 'be dismissed from your job.

The metaphor is that your boss kicks you out of the door with his boot. In fact, another idiom for this is

get kicked out.

These sentences have made me crazy. please help me in understanding them by answering the following questions:

1. What does "it" refer to in the 1st sentence? The event of being dismissed from her job.

2.What does "boot" mean in the last sentence? Is "the boot is the boot" an expression here or not?

The meaning is this. Getting dismissed is a serious event,, no matter how gently or paternally your boss does it.

3.What does "administer" mean? manage or strike or something else? Here, it just means 'perform the action'.

She couldn't say she hadn't seen it coming. And James was certainly gentle, even paternal. But the boot was the boot however it was administered.

Clive
Thanks a lot for your helpful answer, dear Clive.

Hossein31