Military phrase meaning troops in place. Slang usage is when you are referring to going somewhere or being somewhere or someplace.
We got boots on the ground at Fat Mo's but we are heading to Sam's for a cold beer and pizza.
by B. Hanback February 28, 2010
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To put boots on the ground means to have soldiers invade an area in order to determine what and who is actually present in that area, since using remote methods does not always provide reliable results. Having boots on the ground in an area means to have soldiers there in order to control what is happening in that area, especially to prevent opposing forces from carrying out and launching operations from there.
When the Department of Homeland Security put boots on the ground in the city center yesterday in order to assess the effectiveness of their drone strikes, they were met with a larger number of survivors than they expected. In fact, their company-sized detail were wiped out to the last man before a rescue and reprisal unit could be deployed. Actually, since all members of the reprisal unit declined to deploy to the city center, it was not deployed at all. This probably will end DHS attempts to have boots on the ground in the city center indefinitely due to thinning numbers of DHS members, both from battlefield casualties and desertions to the other side.
by geoh777 February 22, 2014
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A term for remembering the men and women who have died in the Armed Forces. The Army conducts ceremonies to which boots belonging to a fallen soldier are laid on the ground, to memorialize them.
The Army conducted put the Boots on the Ground for the fallen soldier yesterday.
by devilgunner4 April 23, 2010
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A term used to describe a Call of Duty games. A boots-on-the-ground COD means a COD game without exo suits. Boots-off-the ground describes games WITH exo suits. Which means it includes wallruns, exo jumps, wall jumping and other things only possible with exo suits. These games are commonly unenjoyable because of constant boosting, out of the map glitches, and camping.
"Man, I hope they give us a boots-on-the-ground game for COD 2017."
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When you are first in your in your field in a particular subject. Or a person is exploring a new place for the first time.
Victoria has been traveling alone around the globe. She has been very boots on the ground in every new country.
by CraigGobblesPenis March 20, 2021
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Grunts, infantry. A military cliche' which uses four words as a euphemism for "gound troops". It is a politically useful, 1984-style cliche' since boots do not bleed and die nor kill people, children, civilians. Media people like this rif because it makes them sound like military strategists.

Boots-on-the-ground is the kind of thinking that got wrong Viet Nam where sandals from tunnels stomped the boots on the ground.
Chuck Cliche', "We should put boots on the ground in the South China Sea".

Straight-Talk Stela, "You don't hear me suggesting my daughter the soldier put her boot on your mouth."
by El Lobo January 6, 2017
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