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"Mary, I was given the boot at work today..."
What does this mean?

During that scene in Black Swan, I was shaking in my boots!

I am waiting for my computer to _________.

He is doing basic training in the Klingon army right now. He is in _______________.

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116 Comments on “English Idioms – ‘boot’ – boot up, boot camp, give the boot, and more!”

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an interesting topic !! but i hate u :(

Friday, March 4th 2011

    Thanks James , i like you ,

    Saturday, October 15th 2011


    Wednesday, May 16th 2012

    why do you hate him? he is a goo teacher. could you do as he did? địt mẹ ngu mak lao lon

    Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

      are u noob minhtrang186? he’s joking with the teacher, don’t do the stupid thing with vietnamese. you made a shame to vietnam.

      Friday, June 7th 2013

very nicee…thanks mr James

Friday, March 4th 2011

thank you. You are the BEST!!!

Friday, March 4th 2011

Thank you for your lesson bye

Friday, March 4th 2011

Excelent James! If you need improve your computer boot up, use Free Software operation system like Ubuntu.

Friday, March 4th 2011

I really like your lessons
you are so fabulous teacher

Friday, March 4th 2011

thank me and u

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Thank you James, very useful. You’re a great teacher

Saturday, March 5th 2011


Saturday, March 5th 2011

thank u so much but if u dont work well i will give u the boot from envid
have a nice day
its me

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Thanks! I learn your lesson everyday and I know that U wore this shirt many times ;))

Saturday, March 5th 2011

“to give somebody boots” has the same meaning in my language…:))

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Thank you very much , I like it very much,plz can you give us some lessons how to improve our skill in reading

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Great lesson! Very funny!

PS:There’s only one thing to say about your computer, vista…

Saturday, March 5th 2011

    that’s true :D

    Thursday, March 10th 2011

Please, make more lessons about phrasal verbs. I think it’s very important part of english language, but there are so not enough lessons on the site. thanks from Israel :)

Saturday, March 5th 2011

quiz is very fun, I like it.

Sunday, March 6th 2011

Excellent performance

Sunday, March 6th 2011

You are a goood and nice teacher. I like very much your humour

Sunday, March 6th 2011


Sunday, March 6th 2011

it’s great! i’d like to become a teacher like u:) greetings from Turkey..:)

Sunday, March 6th 2011

It’s nice, thank you.

Monday, March 7th 2011

The lesson is quite good but his efforts to make it more interactive and funny disturbs the listeners.Please avoid unwanted sounds as well as unwanted deviations from the topic. The rest needs a perfect appreciation

Monday, March 7th 2011

help … my language english is very bad !!!!!!!

Monday, March 7th 2011

friends help me …….

Monday, March 7th 2011

Interesting stuff + brilliant teaher, thanks you!

Monday, March 7th 2011

Hi James. This is a message for you and the other teachers because I couldn’t find a form to contact all at the same time. I’ve got 3 doubts.
1: When are vowels pronounced naturally and when the sound changes. Ex: “Idea/Idiom” or “Amazing/Aim”?
2: Which is (or are) correct: “The Flag of Argentina” or “Angentine’s Flag”?.
3: During my 10 years learning English I never pronounced the “t” in “often”, but some of you do it. Are both ways correct?.
Thanks a lot.
Marcelo from Mendoza, Argentina.

Monday, March 7th 2011

    Question 1:
    Threre is no rule. You’ve to use the dictionary for the correct pronounciation.
    Question 2:
    “The Flag of Argentina” is correct, but yhe second sentence isn’t. you can say “the Argentine Flag”.
    Question 3:
    That depend on the person’s accent.
    “t” in “often is pronounced in some parts in Britian.

    Sunday, July 3rd 2011

      Thanks hend. I’ll use these tips from now on.

      Monday, July 4th 2011

Interesting lesson, I want your lessons 3 times a week.

Thursday, March 10th 2011

Thanks to your lessons James,I got perfect score.More lessons to come.

Thursday, March 10th 2011

sir james you are great teacher and your teaching style is splendid. I am watching your videos everyday. now i can speak english as well as listing but i have problem in writing.

Friday, March 11th 2011

Dude, you are awesome teacher. Thanks for the Online lessons.

Thanks A lot

Friday, March 11th 2011

this is ADORABLE!!! thaaankkk you soo much,love it!!!

Sunday, March 13th 2011

Thanks for your lessons James. You make me smile :)

Sunday, March 13th 2011

You make me love to lern more english.

Wednesday, March 16th 2011

it was really useful lesson for me.
thank you james

Wednesday, March 16th 2011

James Ur The best Im Gonna give Myself a boot

Wednesday, March 16th 2011

I can’t help but wonder, how the hell these perfect lessons and site, which are offered by best teachers, can be free? Where do you get profits? It seriously is quetion xD Do anyone know? Do they advertising their private school by this?

And, as always, got a lot from you. I love all of teachers in here, but I love your style and accent most. Very friendly xD Makes me feel calm and cozy in here.

Wednesday, March 16th 2011

well . it’s realty useful .. so thank you .
and do not try to complement your web site because the administration wont boot you … cuz you’re such a good teacher .. ^^

Sunday, March 20th 2011

That was awesome!!!! I`ve got such a big pleasure!!!)))) James, hi five!)))

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011


Wednesday, March 30th 2011

GREAT. Thank you very much!

Friday, April 1st 2011

Boot also means trunk in the car and many other meanings and I dont like English for what. Anyway James, you are Great man. :D

Friday, April 1st 2011

you are great teacher!!! thanks a lot for your teaching

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

thx mr James
you are the best and you look fine too

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

thanks James you so cool men I never see the teacher like you.you have more experience in this profesion I want to learn English,please can you help me I pay if you need, my skype is paticdorin from Russia.Hope to see you soon.Bye.

Monday, April 4th 2011

Thanks a lot James! I like your lessons.

Thursday, April 7th 2011

Thanks Teacher James! :)

Saturday, April 16th 2011

well, so useful …and thanks

Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hello, really I’m very happy to learn this expressions about boot camp etc, it was a good lesson I’ll use them in my speech thank you so much

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

thank you so much for your interesting lesson really I’ve got it, I’ll use it in my daily conversations it’s the first time to hear that

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

thanx !

Sunday, April 24th 2011

u r the best

Monday, May 2nd 2011

shokran gazilan

Thursday, May 5th 2011


Friday, May 6th 2011

hi! james you have done once again.thanks a lot for it

Sunday, May 8th 2011

You often use some word but I dont know that.
It sounds like ‘easycure’ isnt it ??
please answer ^_^

Monday, May 9th 2011

love this website..very useful resources..thanks guys))…James is so funny)

Monday, May 9th 2011

according to me,,james explains too fast,,i can’t understand well,,but,,thank you..

Monday, May 9th 2011

Don’t be nasty!! They’re helping us to learn!!! Just say it if u dont lik his strategy! Dont say the word “I HATE YOU” tht is so rude!!!!

Tuesday, May 10th 2011

Thanks a lot ! I really enjoyed the lesson.

Thursday, May 19th 2011

i like the way u taught

Sunday, May 22nd 2011

this lesson was really good i liked it. thank you so much.

Tuesday, May 24th 2011

thank you I’m comfortable with your way of teaching.

Friday, May 27th 2011

I learn the definition of boot up a computer today. Thank, James.

Thursday, June 2nd 2011

thanks alot james for every thing

Friday, June 3rd 2011

Interesting lesson!

Saturday, June 18th 2011

thank you very much for everything
it’s really useful

Sunday, June 26th 2011

thank you for everything
it’s really useful

Sunday, June 26th 2011

It is amazing how you explain bad. Speak, speak, speak and do not teach what shaking in sb boot. You should behave like Alex, teach more and kid less, because your sense of humor is too bad

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

wonderfl, u’re the best

Thursday, July 21st 2011

It was wonderful lesson, go ahead.
there is some thing I want to ask about how can I improve my vocabulary

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

this taught me alot but,it was a little boring try to make your videos funnier so people who see it can pay more attention and gain more.

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

can u please add some more translations like BATMAN

Sunday, October 9th 2011

hi james, I’ve been following your lessons just for short time.they are realy useful and you are realy a funny teacher. But you speak little bit fast , I don’t understand everything you say, I know you say everytime, don t try to understand everything even if you will pay attention that I said. I wil realy happy. thanks.

Monday, October 17th 2011

thank you Mr James. you are great teacher!

Thursday, November 17th 2011


Thursday, November 17th 2011

thanks, jame

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Thabk you Teacher, this is very usualy

Thursday, November 17th 2011

thanks boos

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

Of all the teachers at Engvid I prefer you!! Awsome, I also found as other students that the “t” in often is pronounced frequently, by not only Canedians, but British and Americans too. I like it, and I do not think it has to do with the pronunciation of the t in BrE word better or party for instance. What do you have to say about this phenomenon? Please, don’t boot me out for this odd question!! Thanks a lot.

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

thanks for your lesson…it becomes easier when you explain..and i get lost in the words when i go through the books…

Monday, December 5th 2011

hahah, great explanation :) thank you so much James…

Saturday, December 24th 2011

you are my favor teacher
i hope you succesful life

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

Hey James, you said give somebody the boot does mean kicking s/b out or asking s/b out. It makes me a little confused. The question is: Is this a rude phrase or something or it might be polite too?
PS: I know it’s not formal.

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

    give somebody the boot — kick somebody out. It’s not really that rude, but it’s not polite either. It is very informal speech.

    Sunday, January 22nd 2012

finally i got my perfect score on nthis one…hahahaha….thank you james…..

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Thank you very much for all your video, they are great! Just please make the quiz longer! I would like so much to solve more questions! Thank you!

Monday, March 12th 2012

Your teaching style is amazing. Wish you could write the meaning first then illustrate using a sentence and finally do the animation (at which you are extremely good). This might make easy for the listener….. thanks for the vid.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

thank you jams i like you

Thursday, March 15th 2012

I love he is a bit crazy)

Saturday, March 31st 2012

Terrific lesson, today I lerned something new. thanks Lames.

Friday, April 20th 2012

    WELL I fogot to put a a at learn sorry

    Friday, April 20th 2012

thanks for the lesson, when you are gonna put some more videos?

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Thanx for the video, it was very useful!
You r a great teacher and so funny! That’s awesome))

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

I will give you a boot, then you are shaking in your boots.

Thursday, August 9th 2012

that was interesting and fun too,,

Sunday, October 21st 2012

i like it

Sunday, December 30th 2012

Yeah good lesson thanx James

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

Cool lesson man! I passed the test because you have a good explanation!

Friday, June 7th 2013

Thanks James.
would you please give us a lesson about the item “ASK”.

Thursday, July 31st 2014

Thanks a lot, It was really useful : ))

Monday, January 12th 2015

I am not shaking in my boots regarding my English progress, because I am booted up to go to this English learning boot camp here at the Engvid, so I gave my previous teacher the boot.

Friday, May 29th 2015

Really sorry for this Sometimes I’ve got very tension of your lesson because You are running so fast definitely I’ll say that you have motor mouth again I tell you sorry Since, you were running on your presentation I didn’t quite you catch so My request is please take a lesson as slowly as possible and that not only understand to native people but understand by other people also especially me and those who are all learning English as 2nd language so go slowly that must understandable by everybody what I expect from you is You should not receive command from others as I now send you…
your speed is okay to your people but If you teach so I can’t understand sometimes not sometimes mostly so please go slowly have a speech clearly Really really really sorry to say such a thing but I felt that way that’s why…
I want your speech clearly that’s it Anyway thanks for this video James..

Tuesday, September 8th 2015

I got 4 to 4….

Tuesday, September 8th 2015

What a lesson! Very clear explanation and very interesting. It’a a lot of fun to learn English with you James. You really deserve appreciation.

Saturday, October 24th 2015

u r awsome

Friday, November 6th 2015

I think teacher James is the funniest teacher in the world.I love your teaching.Thank you James….

Thursday, November 24th 2016

“Boot camp”, “boot up”, “give somebody the boot”, “shaking in boots”, and “to boot someone”, in fact, they are five expressions with many uses but I have seen much more times the expression “to boot something” which means to apply power and push it. Thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from EngVid, a short lesson but it let us review concepts learned before.

Wednesday, January 18th 2017

thanks the lecture is a bit confusing

Wednesday, October 25th 2017


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