Definition of die with one's boots on in English:

die with one's boots on


  • Die in battle or while otherwise actively occupied.

    ‘Bill had died with his boots on, caught by suction in a waste pipe’
    • ‘I'm a third-generation Texan, inheritor of the ‘die with our boots on’ culture, and I do have a handgun license.’
    • ‘Like most good actors, some day I hope I die with my boots on.’’
    • ‘‘This is my way of giving back to society what it has given to me,’ says the young and energetic officer, who admittedly would like to die with his boots on.’
    • ‘He would die with his boots on, ‘having known not… bitterness nor defeat.’’
    • ‘Some, however, died with their boots on - like Oklahoma's Bill Pickett who was kicked in the head by a horse while working on the largest ranch in the Sooner State.’
    • ‘The horse ‘died with his boots on’ by dropping dead during a training session at his stables in Liardet Street in New Plymouth.’
    • ‘If you wanted to die with your boots on, you went with an agency.’
    • ‘But if I gotta die, and I'm beginning to doubt I do, then I reckon it's better to die with my boots on.’
    • ‘He has been with the boat from the beginning and intends to ‘die with his boots on’ in her service.’
    • ‘The few experienced generals who had managed to die with their boots on were probably adequate to the task.’