Boot is On The Other Foot
Boot is On The Other Foot : Phrases
A reversal of circumstances.
With perestroika in 1991 Russia, the boot was on the other foot as communism gave way to western capitalism.
In the 18th century there was a major change in the method of making footwear; for the first time right and left sides could be made. Before that they were the same for both feet and if a boot was uncomfortable on one foot, it could be tried on the other, often with success. A total change came about when the boot was on the other foot.
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