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Idiom

Lick Someone’s Boots: Meaning and Origin

Meaning
If you lick someone’s boots, you do everything you can to please someone, acting like a servant.
Origin
Shakespeare created this idiom in his play ‘The Tempest’.
Context
Jane: I’ll let you in so you can collect your stuff.
Simon: Thank you, very kind of you.
Jane: You do realise this is the end of the relationship, don’t you?
Simon: Looks like it.
Jane: You seem very cool about it.
Simon: Well, there is not a lot I can do: your mind seems made up.
Jane: It is.
Simon: There we are then.
Jane: Are you going?
Simon: I have everything I need.
Jane: You could stay for a cup of tea.
Simon: Must dash.
Jane: But wait………we need to talk.
Simon: About what?
Jane: Well, us.
Simon: Jane, we have done all the arguing, all the shouting…
Jane: But there is still………
Simon: Jane, I’m not going to lick your boots, I’m not going to lie at your feet and beg for forgiveness.
Jane: Kiss me……………………………………
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