Definition of a kick at the can (or cat) in English:

a kick at the can (or cat)

phrase

Canadian
informal
  • An opportunity to achieve something.

    • ‘It's time for our annual review of court decisions from the past year - one last opportunity for a kick at the cat where I disagreed with the court and, much less fun, compliments where I think they got it right.’
    • ‘It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a kick at the cat.’
    • ‘Every few years we are allowed to have a kick at the can to actually choose which privileged bastard will rule us.’
    • ‘The loft spaces are now condos, the families sold up and moved on, and new people are having a kick at the can selling different things to a different neighborhood.’
    • ‘So, it's a fairly long, cumbersome process, and everyone gets a kick at the can.’
    • ‘I kind of think certain players deserve a kick at the can in some respect, a chance, but you do have to earn it.’
    • ‘When he stepped down, Gillick said it was someone else's turn to ‘take a kick at the can.’’
    • ‘Since 1967, all three major parties have had a kick at the can.’
    • ‘My partner and I use VMWare, and we're already debating whether or not we should give VS a kick at the can.’
    • ‘Our guys would just like a kick at the can.’