It seems that William and Susan aren’t getting along very well together, so one of them has got to go. Since William was there first, Susan will get the boot courtesy of the delete statement...

Could you please explain the meaning and usage of the idiom get the boot courtesy in this sentence and exactly what kind of aspect the noun courtesy adds to the phrase?

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    There should be a comma after boot, which turns it into two idioms you can look up separately. Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 11:31
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    "Get the boot" and "courtesy of" are two separate idioms, that just happen to be next to each other here.
    – Simon B
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 12:18

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Courtesy of the delete statement : means due to / thanks to / because of the delete statement.

Get the boot : means go as clear in the previous context.


To get the boot means to get kicked out of establishment. Courtesy here means that she will be forced to leave because he was first to settle down in flat/ apartment/house.

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