Main definitions of kick in English

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  • 1with object and adverbial Strike or propel forcibly with the foot.

    ‘police kicked down the door’
    with object and complement ‘he kicked the door open’
    • ‘They kicked down the door, dragged the women outside and went into the house.’
    • ‘Caine kicked the door open and hauled them both inside.’
    • ‘He laughed and I kicked his shin under the table.’
    • ‘He was kicked in the head after being attacked from behind in what police believe was an unprovoked attack.’
    • ‘The 16-year-old loves nothing better than climbing trees and kicking a ball around with pals on a muddy playing field.’
    • ‘She had kicked off her shoes at the beach and rolled up her jeans.’
    • ‘The flight was terrible: the man sitting next to him snored and the child behind him kept kicking the back of his chair.’
    • ‘They cornered him and launched a brutal attack in which he was repeatedly kicked in the head as he lay on the ground.’
    • ‘In the latest incident, the man was in bed asleep when his front door was kicked in.’
    • ‘Finally the ball came down on the touchline and Levi was there in a second, kicking the ball into the goal.’
    • ‘If you like football, go out and kick a ball around with a few mates.’
    • ‘The garage door was kicked in, windows smashed and boards ripped apart in a concerted attack that must have lasted several minutes.’
    • ‘Witnesses later told detectives that they saw the men kicking what they thought was " a bundle of rags".’
    • ‘Mr Duncan, who lived opposite, pushed bystanders aside and kicked down the door.’
    • ‘All the doors had been kicked in and the office was in a real mess.’
    • ‘The appeal follows a recent spate of vandalism where bins have been set alight, plant pots have been kicked over and garden furniture damaged.’
    • ‘When he reached the bedroom, he kicked the door open with his foot.’
    • ‘One of the protesters kicked a security official in the leg as she was taken out.’
    • ‘He neared the goal and kicked the ball powerfully.’
    • ‘Instead of asking young people to turn their music down or stop kicking a ball about, some residents get aggressive or call the police and that obviously makes things a lot worse.’
    boot, punt, strike with the foot
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    1. 1.1no object Strike out with the foot or feet.
      ‘she kicked out at him’
      with object and complement ‘he kicked his feet free of a vine’
      • ‘He kicked at the fire, sending up a shower of sparks.’
      • ‘Prudence kicked as hard as she could as the men dragged her out of the vehicle and to the side of the road.’
      • ‘One horse kicked out at him causing fatal injuries.’
      • ‘She leaned back on one leg, kicking out with her foot.’
      • ‘Ellsia kicked at the table leg trying to release her violent frustration.’
      • ‘Before she could think, Valerie had swung her leg and kicked as hard as she could at the wooden chair Dev sat on, sending him tumbling onto the ground.’
      • ‘Donna winced in pain, and spinning round, kicked out at Mark's stomach, momentarily winding him.’
      • ‘He said that he had gone home and had an argument with his mother so he took out his frustration on parked cars, swinging his arms into wing mirrors and kicking out with his feet.’
      • ‘Hoyle and Bruce were spoken to by the referee after an altercation in midfield, but following the free kick Bruce kicked out at Hoyle in the penalty area.’
      • ‘She gasped for breath, instinctively beginning to kick at him as hard as she could.’
      • ‘I latched the door, made sure it was secure, and kicked at it just to check.’
      • ‘She kicked out at the man who held her legs and broke free from his grasp.’
      • ‘Once inside the car, he kicked out at the interior door panels and windows, as well as spitting in the face of another police officer.’
      • ‘She kicked her feet weakly and tried to struggle free from his grasp.’
      • ‘Instinctively, he kicked out at the man with the bottle and then a full scale fight erupted in the bar.’
      • ‘My advice to parents would be to encourage their children from as early an age as possible to kick with both feet.’
      • ‘Acting on instinct, she kicked out at him, causing him to drop the knife.’
      • ‘I shifted my weight and kicked out at one of them with my right boot, catching him on the hip and sending him sprawling.’
      • ‘Frantically she kicked out at the form standing over her.’
      • ‘Andreas turned around and kicked out at Justin, sending him staggering backwards to regain his balance.’
    2. 1.2 (chiefly in rugby) score (a goal) by a kick.
      ‘Wray kicked 11 points’
      • ‘He not only kicked goals and engineered a string of openings but also scored the crucial opening try.’
      • ‘Johnny Moroney, who played on the left wing, scored 14 points, kicking goals as well as scoring a try.’
      • ‘Barking scored a penalty before Dave Lewis kicked a drop goal a minute later to put them 16-9 ahead.’
      • ‘He won a couple of hard balls in the forward line that were very important, kicked one goal himself and had a hand in a couple of others.’
      • ‘Against Eaglehawk, they kicked nine goals in the second quarter to lead at half-time.’
  • 2informal with object Succeed in giving up (a habit or addiction)

    ‘smokers may soon have new help to kick the habit’
    ‘she was trying to kick heroin’
    • ‘As he neared the end of his three years and nine months sentence, he began to pick up the pieces of his life, kicking his addiction, getting a job and preparing to start again.’
    • ‘The more places help and support are available, the greater their chances of kicking the costly habit.’
    • ‘The campaign, which urged people to embrace a vegetarian diet for healthy living and to kick the meat-eating habit, had attracted much attention.’
    • ‘Since his arrest he has been to Gamblers Anonymous sessions in Bristol in a bid to kick the spiralling habit.’
    • ‘More than half the prisoners who signed up for a detox programme in the country's first drug-free unit have kicked the habit.’
    • ‘In recent years he has kicked his bad habits, embraced marriage and fatherhood, and earned international acclaim as an elder statesman of rock.’
    • ‘It's National No-Smoking Day on Wednesday, a day when millions of tobacco addicts try to kick their unpleasant habit.’
    • ‘They say promises to begin the New Year afresh by giving up smoking or junk food are broken so quickly we become convinced that kicking a bad habit is beyond our control.’
    • ‘Each time he would promise to kick his crippling addictions to heroin and alcohol, but would lapse again almost immediately.’
    • ‘But I also recognise that kicking addictions is terribly difficult, and the time of being admitted to hospital is not the time to try it.’
    • ‘Arrested three times on drugs charges, he was finally forced to put his career on hold for a year while he kicked his habit.’
    • ‘The fact is, it is not impossible to kick a nicotine addiction.’
    • ‘On any given day there are literally thousands of people trying to kick the smoking habit.’
    • ‘A cocaine vaccine developed by a UK pharmaceutical company could help cocaine addicts kick their habit.’
    • ‘Some people have said it's easier to withdraw from heroin than to kick the tobacco habit.’
    • ‘Despite a promise to kick the nicotine habit, he has only managed to cut down from three packs a day to an almost respectable one.’
    • ‘I'm currently having terrible trouble kicking the smoking habit.’
    • ‘For people trying to kick the cigarette habit, gums, patches, lollipops, and lip balms that contain nicotine are often useful.’
    • ‘He is going into rehab to try to kick his addiction to prescription painkillers.’
    • ‘Somehow we got talking about the lottery and he told me he had just kicked the habit.’
    give up, break, get out of, abandon, end, escape from
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  • 3no object (of a gun) recoil when fired.

    ‘their guns kick so hard that they have developed a bad case of flinching’
    • ‘You expect very small, very powerful guns to kick hard enough to hurt you.’
    • ‘The rifle kicked against his shoulder and the thundering of musket fire grew louder.’
    • ‘He fired another three shots from his rifle, feeling it kick back in his arms.’
    • ‘She pulled the trigger and the rifle kicked back.’
    • ‘The gun kicked so hard, Bethany smacked herself in the forehead.’
    recoil, spring back, fly back
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  • 1A blow or forceful thrust with the foot.

    ‘a kick in the head’
    • ‘I was gazing out of the window when I felt a sharp kick on the back of my chair.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination revealed he died as a result of a single blow to the neck, probably a kick.’
    • ‘Fighting broke out when one of the team physios aimed a karate kick at an opposing player.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the group is upon him, delivering a number of punishing kicks and other blows’
    • ‘He fell to the ground, hard, and had to curl himself into a ball as kicks were rained on his body.’
    • ‘I tried the door one more time before giving it a good kick.’
    • ‘He said the blows, kicks and punches continued even when he cowered on the floor with his hands protecting his head.’
    • ‘But when the paramedics tried to leave, two youths attacked them, raining kicks and blows down on their heads and ribs.’
    • ‘A four-minute video of the brawl was played which showed the Leeds players trading kicks and blows with Owen.’
    • ‘The colonel responded with a swift kick that sent him sprawling.’
    • ‘Zhao said she fell to her knees, and then felt repeated kicks or blows to both sides of her head.’
    • ‘Thomas aimed a kick and some punches at the victim before Buckley struck a single blow at the man.’
    • ‘A more probable explanation for some injuries was that they were caused by blows and kicks.’
    • ‘There was one Cork player on the ground and a number of kicks were aimed at him.’
    • ‘He threw me to the ground, finally releasing my hair, and delivered a swift kick to my stomach.’
    • ‘His left arm was nearly useless, and he tried to shield it with his body, but a sudden kick into his side threw him to the right.’
    • ‘Patrick walked forward and landed a kick to the side of Sam's head.’
    • ‘Examples of abuse include punches, kicks, blows and partial suffocation by placing a rubber gas mask over the person's face.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination conducted by a Home Office pathologist has revealed he received a number of blows and possibly a number of kicks.’
    • ‘He was knocked out by a kick to the head.’
    boot, punt
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    1. 1.1 (in sport) an instance of striking the ball with the foot.
      ‘Scott's kick went wide of the goal’
      • ‘As Hastings's kick sailed wide, the normally restrained England winger Rory Underwood let slip a four-letter expletive in surprise.’
      • ‘Six minutes from the break Henderson tried his luck again with a penalty but sent the kick wide.’
      • ‘Jones maintained his perfect record with a superb kick from the touchline.’
      • ‘Doncaster went ahead after three minutes when York failed to deal with an up-and-under kick and the home scrum-half scored unopposed.’
      • ‘As a receiver, Hall adjusts well to poorly thrown balls and also can return kicks.’
      • ‘They started on fire and an accurate cross kick from scrum half Barry Corbett put right winger Jon Cole in for an early unconverted try.’
      • ‘He sent another effort narrowly wide of the post with almost the final kick of the first half.’
      • ‘The kick drifted wide of the posts and the visitors' place in the final was secured after a game that neither side deserved to lose.’
      • ‘With a brilliant kick from the touchline Cooke ended the scoring.’
      • ‘The gloss on a stunning score came when Stephens converted the touchline kick, giving Kendal a 22-0 lead.’
      • ‘With 1 minute remaining plus injury time the score was 0-0 but with the last kicks of the game the opposition nicked two goals.’
      • ‘The kick again slid wide, but at 24-18 the game was well and truly alive again.’
      • ‘O'Meara had another chance to stretch the lead two minutes before the break when Leinster won a penalty on the half-way line but his kick went wide.’
      • ‘On a good day the kick would have been easy, but the wind blew the ball on to the post to rebound out.’
      • ‘Soon afterwards Schofield steered his side forward with an excellent 50 yard kick and only his subsequent poor pass prevented Redcar increasing their lead.’
      • ‘Bower produced some gymnastics to keep the ball in play with an overhead kick across the goal-mouth.’
      • ‘A goal with the last kick of the ball, four minutes in to injury time, saw the score end up honours even at 4-4.’
      • ‘Captain Michelle Harrison took the kick and floated the ball high across the six-yard box.’
      • ‘A gust of wind resulted in one kick from the touchline blowing right back to the corner flag at the same side of the pitch.’
      • ‘Wharfedale had chance to go ahead with a penalty but the kick was wide of the posts.’
      • ‘They made a flying start with a penalty in the first minute by Andrew Mawdsley, but that was quickly countered by a successful kick from Paul Branthwaite.’
    2. 1.2British (chiefly in rugby) a player of specified kicking ability.
      • ‘Paul Barnard has become an excellent kick for goal.’
  • 2in singular A sudden forceful jolt.

    ‘the shuttle accelerated with a kick’
    • ‘As I looked outside, I realized we were accelerating, but there was no associated kick.’
    • ‘There is a sudden kick on the rod and yes, it is indeed a fish, a perch that stays deep for several minutes before, slowly, it begins to swim to the surface.’
    • ‘The aircraft commander, who was at the controls, waited for the kick associated with the missile release.’
    • ‘There was a sudden mighty kick, like a giant was shaking the ship, and Lazarus could feel his insides trembling.’
    1. 2.1 The recoil of a gun when discharged.
      • ‘Many recruits were worried about the kick of a rifle.’
      • ‘He had conditioned himself to ignore the kick and the sharp report, and to hold the sights steady and press the trigger smoothly.’
      • ‘She could see that he hadn't been lying when he had mentioned the gun's vicious kick; some of the students were unprepared and flinched backwards on impact.’
      • ‘He felt the kick of the sniper rifle in his hands.’
    2. 2.2Billiards Snooker An irregular movement of the ball caused by dust.
      ‘he suffered a kick on the pink in frame four’
      • ‘A nasty kick on the black prevented him from registering the highest break of the tournament.’
      • ‘A Doherty break of 26 was then halted by a kick on the white.’
      • ‘Needing just pink and black to book a fourth round spot against David Roe, Davison got a nasty kick on the cueball, causing him to miss the pink and letting Finbow in to clinch the match.’
  • 3informal The sharp stimulant effect of alcohol or a drug.

    ‘strong stuff, this brew: he felt the kick’
    • ‘It tastes like watered down barley water with a bit of an alcoholic kick.’
    • ‘Those who drink Corona beer often shove a lime wedge into the bottle to give the beer a citrus kick.’
    • ‘My girlfriend had vegetarian fajitas that were perfectly spiced to give a kick to a rather bland selection of vegetables.’
    • ‘Incredibly moist and flavorful, with the wonderful taste of orange, the subtle kick of ginger and a delicious sugar crust, it also looks beautiful.’
    • ‘It comes in twelve different fruit flavours and the alcoholic kick is provided by schnapps.’
    • ‘The Glühwein has quite a kick, emphasised by a pungent aroma that brings tears to the eyes.’
    • ‘This wine has a deep purple colour, with a lively kick of dark fruit and warm cinnamon spices.’
    • ‘Cannabis is often an intermediary drug, used before the user moves onto harder drugs, when the kick of cannabis wears off.’
    • ‘It has quite a kick, emphasised by a pungent aroma that brings tears to the eyes and a hanky to the nose.’
    potency, stimulant effect, alcoholic effect, strength, power, punch
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    1. 3.1 A thrill of pleasurable, often reckless excitement.
      ‘rich kids turning to crime just for kicks’
      ‘I get such a kick out of driving a racing car’
      • ‘Some people seem to get a kick out of taking this as it is illegal, so if it was legal, then there wouldn't be anyone taking it.’
      • ‘And for a growing number of people, putting a needle in your vein for kicks is an acceptable thing to do.’
      • ‘Horror fans should get a kick out of this obscure little film.’
      • ‘We have found too, that these younger patients have a great deal to contribute to our entire treatment programme through their energy and enthusiasm and that they get a kick out of doing so.’
      • ‘He is passionate about football and gets a real kick out of seeing the children in his club succeed.’
      • ‘She has a 15-year-old son who goes to Orchard Park, where teenagers were photographed sniffing petrol for kicks.’
      • ‘We just get a big kick out of seeing our names in the paper…that's what drives people like us into this business’
      • ‘Little did they know, this is what she did for kicks.’
      • ‘Who did not get a kick out of seeing Bono - Irish to his boots - unveil that Stars and Stripes jacket at the Super Bowl?’
      • ‘He denied that pupils at his school were taking horse tranquillisers for kicks or that they were less than communicative because of their drug habits.’
      • ‘He's the type of guy who'll try anything once for kicks.’
      • ‘The Adventure Show focuses on fanatics who get their kicks out of non-traditional sports with an emphasis on extremes and endurance.’
      • ‘There is, it seems, a certain sort of human pathology, male pathology, to which this appeals, just as serial killers get a kick from their power over the powerless.’
      • ‘They get their kicks from destroying property, scaring people and inflicting pain.’
      • ‘Extra undercover officers will patrol city estates in a bid to curb the antics of youngsters who steal cars for kicks or take them for use in other crimes and then burn them out.’
      thrill, excitement, stimulation, tingle
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    2. 3.2with modifier A temporary interest in a particular thing.
      ‘the jogging kick’
      • ‘It's part of the whole nostalgia kick, I suspect.’
      • ‘I went on a health kick this summer, and weaned myself almost entirely off donuts.’
      • ‘The last couple of years I've been on a big Motown kick.’
      • ‘I would suggest that increased numbers in 2003 had more to do with last year's hot summer than a sudden health kick by visitors.’
      • ‘Lately I have been back on the self-examination kick.’
      • ‘America is on one of its prohibitionist kicks, treating drugs as something utterly satanic.’
      craze, enthusiasm, obsession, mania, passion, preoccupation, fixation
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  • 4kicksUS informal Soft sports shoes; trainers.

    ‘a pair of basketball kicks’
    • ‘To keep it fair and square, all names will be put into the tank and the lucky winners will be able to snap up a very collectable pair of kicks for only $250.’
    • ‘I never knew his name, we just called him "boots" after the Western kicks he wore always.’
    • ‘Worn-out soles will wear out your knees: replace them or pick up a new pair of kicks.’
    • ‘For weeks, Luis had bugged his father about the hot new Air Jordan Retro 5 kicks that were coming out.’
    • ‘As usual in every All-Star Weekend, they strike their best pose and wear the latest thing in kicks.’
    • ‘Nearly 30% of respondents wear their kicks just for kicks - not as a get-up to participate in any sport.’
    • ‘It's just that when your coworker complimented you on your new kicks, you weren't expecting her to go out and buy the exact same ones.’
    • ‘What's your favorite pair of kicks?’
    • ‘Meaning he could wear a different pair of kicks - and we're talking different individual makes here, no two alike - every day for five years.’
    • ‘We cashed-up city folk spend a good deal of time trying and buying new kicks.’
    • ‘First, he reported that MJ wouldn't be wearing retro kicks for the game because they give him blisters.’
    • ‘In simple terms, the deal meant that each team had a 'Home' and an 'Away' coloured pair of kicks to match their jerseys.’
    • ‘The Nets all wore black socks and black kicks last night.’
    • ‘Michael Jordan apparently wears one pair of kicks to warm up in and another to play in.’
    • ‘The money that leaves Spanish Harlem or Bedford Stuyvesant to purchase the latest, most expensive pair of kicks most likely isn't going back into those neighborhoods.’
    • ‘Reebok apparently declined to sign him to an endorsement deal, ending their bidding war with Nike for #8 to wear their kicks.’
    • ‘These colorful mesh and sequin kicks are the perfect pair of "emergency shoes."’
    • ‘He's rocking his dad's old Sixers jersey and the red, white and blue adidas kicks that were specially made for him a while back.’
    • ‘If your idea of an appropriate outfit to wear to the grocery store is a flannel shirt, green sweatpants and a pink pair of these kicks, stay in the house.’
    • ‘You have only two days left to enter to win a hot new pair of Converse kicks.’
    • ‘Spend a foot-wrenching jog in the wrong pair of kicks and your adventures in the asphalt trade promise to be as enjoyable as an Enron stock return.’


  • kick (some) ass (or butt)

    • vulgar slang Act in a forceful or aggressive manner.

  • kick someone's ass (or butt)

    • vulgar slang Punish, dominate, or defeat someone.

  • a kick at the can (or cat)

    • informal An opportunity to achieve something.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every few years we are allowed to have a kick at the can to actually choose which privileged bastard will rule us.’
      • ‘My partner and I use VMWare, and we're already debating whether or not we should give VS a kick at the can.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a kick at the cat.’
      • ‘Our guys would just like 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.’
  • kick the bucket

    • informal Die.

      ‘when the old girl finally kicked the bucket there was no mention of yours truly in the will’
      • ‘But in spite of the fact, when he kicks the bucket and departs his mortal coil, it is going to be one of the biggest funerals in the Bahamas.’
      • ‘He wanted to do his own thing and he wanted to do it now - not down the track when his father finally kicked the bucket.’
      • ‘Even though the British Empire had long since kicked the bucket, the expats could still be found pretty much anywhere the Brits had a former colony.’
      • ‘If I kick the bucket, half of everything immediately goes to the government, because we're not legally married.’
      • ‘The film's title refers to a wish list that two terminally ill men try to fulfill before each kicks the bucket.’
      • ‘I always wanted to have a rich relative who kicked the bucket and left all his money to me.’
      • ‘When rich Americans kick the bucket, they invariably will a good sum to their alma maters, pet charities or research institutions.’
      • ‘I see the old man finally kicked the bucket.’
      • ‘This would be an optimum age to kick the bucket, I feel, as I'd never have to suffer the indignity of reaching 40.’
      • ‘Heck, I've had 2 dramatically different careers already and am contemplating a good few more before I kick the bucket!’
  • kick the can down the road

    • informal Put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis.

      ‘I appreciate that he doesn't want to raise taxes, but sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the road’
      • ‘We have kicked the can down the road for a generation.’
      • ‘For our part, we would greatly prefer to deal with the adjustments that are necessary for robust economic growth, rather than just kicking the can down the road.’
      • ‘For months, in response to the Greek crisis, the eurozone's leaders have been kicking the tin can down the road.’
      • ‘They already kicked the can down the road in the debt ceiling agreement that led to this.’
      • ‘We can always kick the can down the road by saying now's not the right time for anything we don't feel like doing.’
      • ‘In politics there is always a temptation to kick the can down the road and hope that problems might disappear.’
      • ‘"It kicks the can down the road for a slight amount of time," Mr. Stone said.’
      • ‘They have been kicking the can down the road for two years.’
      • ‘Probably in December they'll kick the can down the road which is what Washington always does.’
      • ‘However, he viewed the federal government's actions as simply kicking the can down the road without solving the fundamental problems.’
      delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, take one's time
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  • a kick in the pants (or up the backside)

    • informal An unwelcome surprise that prompts fresh effort.

      ‘the competition will be healthy—we need a kick in the pants’
      • ‘We had a bit of a kick up the backside at half time, which we deserved, and that spurred us on.’
      • ‘He is a very good coach in every respect, the first guy to give you a kick up the backside but also the first to give you a pat on the back when he feels you deserve it.’
      • ‘We think we've got a good team but, every now and then, we could use a kick up the backside.’
      • ‘She is there for me when things go wrong - and when I need a kick up the backside.’
      • ‘He strikes me as a guy who needs a lot of love - maybe a lot of love and a kick in the pants.’
      • ‘Sometimes people need empathy; sometimes they need a kick in the pants.’
      • ‘Stuttgart gave me a kick up the backside, and I re-focused and came out better last year - it was what I needed.’
      • ‘Failing to qualify for the final two rounds of the St Andrews Links Trophy last week gave me a kick up the backside which I fully deserved.’
      • ‘Today, if I was the president, I would dismiss the coach and line the players up against a wall and give them all a kick up the backside.’
      • ‘It is easy to dismiss Ivanov, alongside Chekhov's other plays, as being full of melancholy middle class moaners who need a kick up the backside.’
  • kick someone in the pants (or up the backside)

    • informal Prompt someone to make fresh effort.

      • ‘I can barely spend time with my extended kin without the having the urge to kick them up the backside.’
      • ‘Maybe a jail term will kick him in the pants and straighten him out.’
      • ‘So, I've been thinking I really need something to kick me in the pants and get me blogging again, I recall I used to rather enjoy it.’
      • ‘His advice is always timely, full of common sense and he never hesitates to kick me in the pants when necessary.’
      • ‘I have a reason to kick you in the pants and light fire under you to keep you focused and keep you going.’
  • a kick in the teeth

    • informal A grave setback or disappointment.

      ‘this broken promise is a kick in the teeth for football’
      • ‘Further restrictions on working time would be a kick in the teeth for many firms, particularly smaller ones.’
      • ‘This is a kick in the teeth for the people of Salford and an outrageous waste of taxpayers' money.’
      • ‘To hear from the Government that their regiment is about to be scrapped is a kick in the teeth for the brave men and women of our armed services.’
      • ‘Residents living close to the proposed multi-storey office and car park complex in Abbey Street said revised plans for the site are a kick in the teeth for the local community.’
      • ‘We are trying to improve the facilities all the time and make the ground more presentable and this sort of thing is just a kick in the teeth.’
      • ‘For the poorly paid staff, who earn from £9,000 to £12,000 per year, this was a kick in the teeth.’
      • ‘This is nothing more than a kick in the teeth for the local residents who have supported the club for many years.’
      • ‘This is a kick in the teeth for the members of the council who worked so hard.’
      • ‘The European Court of Justice has recently delivered a kick in the teeth to British people who want to work longer hours.’
      • ‘The chairman described the council's decision to reject the scheme as a kick in the teeth.’
  • kick someone in the teeth

    • informal Cause someone a grave setback or disappointment.

      ‘there are times when life kicks you in the teeth’
      • ‘On the 60th anniversary of D-Day they patted us on the back… nine months later they kick us in the teeth.’
      • ‘She launched a scathing attack on the sport's main authorities - insisting she has been kicked in the teeth by the very people who should be supporting her.’
      • ‘Jamie Johnstone said staff felt like they had been kicked in the teeth after all their hard work building up the business.’
      • ‘Scotland have an uncanny knack of finding heartbreaking ways of exiting tournaments, of getting the nation's hopes up before kicking them in the teeth.’
      • ‘You think you're going in the right direction and then a performance like that really kicks you in the teeth so all the lads were very disappointed and so were the staff.’
      • ‘But one day the world kicks you in the teeth and you don't have any choice but to see things the way they really are.’
      • ‘We've been kicked in the teeth so many times over the years but have always managed to keep on going, but this time, we're in real trouble.’
      • ‘Why is it, as soon as I show even the faintest sign of optimism, something happens to really kick me in the teeth?’
      • ‘Police officers must feel like they are kicked in the teeth every time they see someone they locked up back on the streets when they worked so hard to put them away in the first place.’
      • ‘I've always wanted to play cricket for my country, so it felt like they were kicking me in the teeth.’
  • kick something into touch (or into the long grass)

    • informal Reject, dismiss, or invalidate something.

      ‘his modest request for £300,000 in public investment was kicked into touch by the Arts Council’
      ‘a football star has won his legal battle to get a driving conviction kicked into touch’
      • ‘It was obvious that the deal was no longer tenable, so we kicked it into touch.’
      • ‘Kicking the issue into the long grass beyond 2015 only emboldens our European competitors.’
      • ‘This is an ideal opportunity to debate the matter and it is wrong to kick it into touch once again.’
      • ‘It can't have come as a great shock to Sharp that his application was kicked into touch.’
      • ‘Both sides dug their heels in, and the album's American release was kicked into the long grass.’
      • ‘The issue has been kicked into the long grass until the party's main conference in October.’
      • ‘Other ministers have repeatedly kicked all proposals into the long grass.’
      • ‘But now a report from consultants has kicked the proposals into touch, forcing Mr Branston to abandon one of his big ideas.’
      • ‘Since the concept of a regulator for payments systems is so strongly disliked by banks, this consultative period may give them the chance to kick the whole thing into touch.’
      • ‘A five-year battle to introduce protection for employees who blow the whistle on companies engaged in malpractice ended last week when the government effectively kicked the measure into touch.’
  • kick oneself

    • Be annoyed with oneself for doing something foolish or missing an opportunity.

      ‘he was kicking himself for not biding his time’
      • ‘Don't miss it when you get the chance to see it or you'll be kicking yourself when you finally do.’
      • ‘Well I will continue to kick myself over the fact that I did not sell when they hit $150.’
      • ‘You'll be kicking yourself Monday if you don't take ten minutes today to read this.’
      • ‘Anyone who left last Saturday's league match early will be kicking themselves.’
      • ‘If you miss this show you'll be kicking yourself all winter.’
      • ‘They'll be kicking themselves for the mistakes they made.’
      • ‘We were really kicking ourselves afterwards at having missed such a golden opportunity.’
      • ‘Every broadcaster is moving to those bigger pictures, and you will soon be kicking yourself if you buy a set that has the old screen shape, unless it's a portable for the bedroom.’
      • ‘I dare say that the people who said no are kicking themselves.’
      • ‘Many people will be pleased that they got in just in time, but even more will be kicking themselves that they missed out.’
  • kick the tin

    • informal Contribute money to a cause.

      ‘if your business would like to kick the tin, there's a range of sponsorship packages’
      • ‘If you want to kick the tin to help raise a joey, phone us now.’
      • ‘Whether you are a carer, a fundraiser for research into illnesses, or someone who always kicks the tin and donates, your efforts are appreciated.’
      • ‘Rather unnecessarily I thought, 'I'm kicking the tin for a few others as well so you needn't mention this.'’
      • ‘It has been kicking the tin for a year already with cash for us.’
      • ‘While the federal transport minister repeatedly says he doesn't have to contribute a cent, she is keen for them to kick the tin again.’
      • ‘Even when we come in and kick the tin, you do not accept it; you want more and more.’
      • ‘We have worked within the system, “kicking the tin,” participating in Safety Board hearings, and even providing congressional testimony when necessary.’
  • kick someone/something to the curb

    • informal Reject or cast aside.

      ‘things get complicated for Alfie when he's kicked to the curb by his girlfriend’
      • ‘We see her untimely pregnancy, her ill-fated marriage, and her poor attempts at being a single mother after she kicks Ray to the curb.’
      • ‘There's barely a happy moment to be found, with Cole either recovering from heartbreak, overcoming betrayal or kicking someone to the curb.’
      • ‘Many years ago, when my wife and I were just dating, she kicked me to the curb.’
      • ‘I've been kicked to the curb enough times to know that religion matters in a relationship, even when it doesn't to an individual.’
      • ‘Shouldn't Kim have kicked Steve to the curb?’
      • ‘Not a lot has changed in the battle of the sexes guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb, his self-esteem crushed.’
      • ‘Something he apparently hasn't been able or willing to do since I kicked him to the curb.’
      • ‘Guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb, his self-esteem, crushed.’
      • ‘She seems to have gotten over her previous misadventure of being kicked to the curb on her wedding day by Basil.’
      • ‘Guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb.’
  • kick the tyres

    • informal Inform oneself about the quality of a product, service, etc. before buying.

      ‘borrowers should be sure to kick the tyres on that offer before signing up’
      ‘they kicked the tyres but decided not to buy the property’
      • ‘Right now we are in a very close contest as the voters lift the hood and kick the tyres and make an assessment.’
      • ‘I'm not going to bring a fare increase to the board based on these circumstances, until we have this top-to-bottom review and until I'm convinced we've kicked the tires on it.’
      • ‘The rumor of the weekend, of course, was that the company was hanging out in Finland kicking the tires on a huge potential merger.’
      • ‘Typically, companies parcel out the initial sign-up invitations to a select few, asking that they kick the tires and offer feedback.’
      • ‘The company has begun kicking the tires of online music services as it rethinks its strategy, which hinges on streaming media, not downloads.’
      • ‘He puts a lot of emphasis on fundamental research, and going out to companies and kicking the tires.’
      • ‘People can "kick the tires" on college finance sources for the best deals.’
      • ‘As many of you know, she is kicking the tires of colleges right now.’
      • ‘With millions of dollars at stake on a single player, it's hard to fault the franchises for repeatedly kicking the tires.’
      • ‘Give me a log in and a password; I want to get in and look around and kick the tires.’
      • ‘A team of scouts has kicked the tires and slammed the doors on these and many, many more free agents and knows which players are a good buy for which teams.’
      • ‘We've got to kick the tires of these candidates, see what they're about.’
      • ‘They're kicking the tires on the opposition parties.’
      • ‘The British have kicked the tires and are now taking their biometric passport scheme out for a test drive.’
      • ‘Australia's biggest renewable energy company is trying to flog itself to the highest bidder—and plenty of global players have been kicking the tyres.’
  • kick up a fuss (or a stink)

    • informal Object loudly or publicly to something.

      ‘local people are kicking up a fuss about the noise and smells from the farm’
      • ‘So if you disapprove of this approach to public artworks, now is the time to start kicking up a stink.’
      • ‘If he kicks up a fuss, you know there's more to the relationship than meets the eye.’
      • ‘A husband and wife kicked up a stink after discovering raw sewage in their street.’
      • ‘Councillors in Ulverston are kicking up a stink about the amount of litter in the town.’
      • ‘People need to shop around and not be afraid of kicking up a fuss if they feel dissatisfied.’
      • ‘It is the liberal elite, not the public, that kicks up a fuss about gay MPs.’
      • ‘This woman kicked up a fuss and demanded to be moved to another table.’
      • ‘I didn't think that it would be a big problem but he really kicked up a fuss when I told him about the accident.’
      • ‘Residents in Witham are again kicking up a stink over the aroma emanating from the town's sewage works.’
      • ‘And if schoolkids are being prevented from using this forum then it is time we all kicked up a stink.’
  • kick someone upstairs

    • informal Remove someone from an influential position by giving them an ostensible promotion.

      ‘he'll be kicked upstairs for a year or so before taking early retirement’
      • ‘As part of the deal, he would have become chairman (but not CEO) - which was simply a way to kick him upstairs.’
      • ‘Thousands of letters and telegrams from small businessmen, farmers and labor leaders urged him to resist all attempts to kick him upstairs.’
      • ‘Stop waiting for your supervisor to kick you upstairs.’
      • ‘In March, he was kicked upstairs to head the World Bank.’
      • ‘Clifford removed General William Westmoreland as Vietnam commander, kicking him upstairs to become Army chief of staff and replacing him with General Creighton Abrams.’
      • ‘Gromyko had been one of Gorbachev's supporters and he was kicked upstairs to become head of state.’
      • ‘If they can't get on, the prime minister has to sack his chancellor, make him foreign secretary, kick him upstairs to the Lords as lord chancellor or see his Cabinet disintegrate.’
      • ‘But Republican Party bosses, fearful of his independence, managed to kick him upstairs to the vice presidency.’
      • ‘I wonder how many of CCSD's top administrators were appointed in order to kick them upstairs.’
      • ‘Although this varies by organization, the front-line people are often all too eager to kick you upstairs.’
  • kick someone when they are down

    • Cause further misfortune to someone who is already in a difficult situation.

      ‘he did not believe in the doctrine that you did not kick a man when he was down’
      • ‘It's not fair to kick someone when they are down when nothing is proven.’
      • ‘Instead of kicking them when they are down they should be extending a helping hand to the unemployed people.’
      • ‘There's an understandable reluctance to kick a man when he's down, and most commentators have found something nice to say about the fallen leader.’
      • ‘Talk about kicking someone when they are down.’
      • ‘In most cases, I hate seeing the press kick somebody when they're down.’
      • ‘It's very easy to kick someone when they're down, but if I start the season well, then the British tabloids will get behind me, because that's what sells papers’
      • ‘And there is no honor in kicking somebody when they are down.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • kick against

    • Protest against or resist (something)

      ‘young people are supposed to kick against the establishment’
      • ‘And, coming late to the development game, its 150 miles of beautiful coastline are still largely unexploited - a big asset in a market that is starting to kick against mindless overdevelopment.’
      • ‘All my life I've railed and kicked against dogma and rhetoric: I've stuck my neck out.’
      • ‘He was a musician, too: that gave him carte blanche to be wild, to refuse to conform, to kick against the domesticity that I was creating around him.’
      • ‘I wonder whether there wasn't a point at which they kicked against their upbringing, as most teenagers do?’
      • ‘Taboo thrived in a period of right-wing politics, the Thatcher / Reagan years, and it's proof of a basic human need to have something to kick against.’
      • ‘She was always rebellious, kicking against the established ways of doing things, and one of the forms this took was marrying in haste, and for love, one of the first men who came along.’
      • ‘Working in television provided him with training, a secure job and an establishment to kick against, and he remains grateful for all of this.’
      • ‘Inevitably, self-obsessed Gwen kicks against the system, until learning lessons the hard way.’
      • ‘Sheffield always kicks against the national trend and one thing I discovered over the years is that just because something happened nationally does not mean it is going to happen in Sheffield.’
      • ‘It is the job of the journalist, he says, to kick against authority.’
      resist, rebel against, oppose, fight against, struggle against, refuse to accept
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  • kick around (or about)

    • 1(of a thing) lie unwanted or unexploited.

      ‘the idea has been kicking around for over a year’
      • ‘That debate's been kicking around for decades now.’
      • ‘Working in a bank, it's odd to see that people still have old notes and coins kicking about which they bring in from time to time to exchange.’
      • ‘That's an awful long time for an application to be kicking around the patent office.’
      • ‘What sort of people have £50,000 kicking around?’
      • ‘Virtually any company with about $20,000 kicking around could find a game designer to produce them a fun game, which they can then give away for free as advertising.’
      • ‘Those pics are nearly 10 years old, they were kicking about on the net months ago.’
      • ‘Then, a couple years later, I was writing a movie with Chris at Paramount, and the producers asked me if I had anything kicking around, because they liked the work I was doing.’
      • ‘The notion has been kicking around since late November and the very fact that it has taken me until late January to look at it shows where it figures on my Richter Scale.’
      • ‘Some of the songs on here have been kicking around for years.’
      • ‘Well, thankfully I don't have a gun kicking around my New York apartment.’
      1. 1.1(of a person) drift idly from place to place.
        ‘I kicked around picking up odd jobs’
        • ‘It is a second career for both of them: trained in horticulture, the Whittles went abroad in their late twenties, kicking around for five years before settling down on Vancouver Island, Canada.’
        • ‘Meantime, he kicks around 13th Street, living in an apartment above the newsstand.’
        • ‘We were kicking around Napa when we stumbled upon the CIA's campus, and I remember hearing their food was great and their prices were relatively cheap.’
        • ‘Bands who have been kicking around for a couple of years just aren't interested.’
        • ‘Lowe has been kicking around the British folk music scene long enough to have influenced many of his contemporaries.’
        • ‘Kelly Willis has kicked around record labels nearly as much as her family kicked around the country while she was growing up.’
        • ‘Wolfe's been kicking around frat houses to do his research.’
        • ‘In 1970, after a few years kicking around the live music scene, Collins answered a classified ad seeking a drummer and joined Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford to form Genesis.’
        • ‘Hey is it just me, or is her hair ludicrously overdone for someone who just kicks around school and Ramsay Street all day?’
        • ‘They appear to have been kicking around Milwaukee for a good decade now, putting out cassettes and such.’
  • kick someone around

    • Treat someone roughly or without respect.

      ‘they can't kick me around’
      • ‘Talk about excessive force: they subdue the guy and then continue to beat him up and kick him around.’
      • ‘Why are conservative pundits still kicking him around?’
      • ‘Four armed men forced him out of the car, put a bag over his head after kicking him around and threw him into a minivan.’
      • ‘You've been kicking us around for three years, and we've had enough of it.’
      • ‘Once she learned I wasn't going to hit her or kick her around, she thought she could get away with murder.’
      • ‘But 10 days ago a pitiless thug broke into her home, kicked her around like a football and stole her life savings.’
      • ‘She tied me up to the tree and started kicking me around until I lost my consciousness.’
      • ‘I spent four years in the army to free a bunch of Dutchmen and Frenchmen, and I'm hanged if I'm going to let the Alabama version of the Germans kick me around when I get home.’
      • ‘I've already taken a few knocks and expect to get kicked about a bit, but I can deal with it.’
      • ‘Looks like whoever did this kicked him around, I suspect some of his ribs are at least cracked.’
      abuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat disrespectfully, treat inconsiderately, push about, push around, boss about, boss around, trample on, take for granted
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  • kick something around (or about)

    • Discuss a proposal informally.

      ‘they had begun to kick around the idea of sending a man into space’
      • ‘‘These are generally brainstorming sessions where you kick interesting ideas around; you raise issues and discuss issues,’ he said ‘It's a mini think-tank more than anything.’’
      • ‘For the first time in the band's history, they had problems coming up with something fresh and the more they kicked ideas around or worked them up in concert the less happy they were.’
      • ‘The questions are kicked around by politicians, parents and educationists every August, but the students who take the exams have views too.’
      • ‘It would be helpful if we could kick some ideas around on how to meet your goal.’
      • ‘The book has been kicked about as a film project since the late 1970s - it was once to have been a TV movie starring John Travolta.’
      • ‘It gets scrutinized and argued about and kicked around and analyzed.’
      • ‘Chris, Bart, and I have been kicking around the idea of doing a rock opera for four years now.’
      • ‘We've been kicking around ideas for a change in basic format for quite some time now, and our Managing Editor is the driving force behind the entire scheme.’
      • ‘The idea for an Office of Homeland Security had been kicked around for years.’
      • ‘Vendors were contacted and ideas were kicked around by all parties (with mixed results).’
      discuss, talk over, debate, thrash out, consider, moot, toy with, play with, argue the pros and cons of
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  • kick back

    • Be at leisure; relax.

      ‘he has not been able to kick back and enjoy his success’
      • ‘On our last day, we opted to kick back and enjoy the rustic luxury of our digs at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch.’
      • ‘Everyone looks forward to a carefree summer and time to kick back on the boat and relax.’
      • ‘I'm about to take a week's annual leave starting next week so I'm going to be able to kick back and relax a little.’
      • ‘Picnics are a time to kick back, relax and enjoy tasty, yet easy-to-prepare food with friends.’
      • ‘The past few months have just been go, go, go and at last I'm getting the chance to kick back and relax.’
      • ‘I was more than ready to kick back and enjoy the simple Sunday brunch.’
      • ‘After the race, I was able to kick back and enjoy a nice dinner with our family, while Michael was resting up for his race on Sunday.’
      • ‘It's an ideal place to kick back and unwind in one of the most exquisite corners of Scotland.’
      • ‘Instead, I'm going to kick back with a few glasses of red, relax, and enjoy what I have not had in twenty days: a weekend.’
      • ‘I don't know why, but sweet ice tea never tastes better than when you're kicking back in a lawn chair, belly full, sleepy eyes drooping as you listen to the band.’
      relax, unwind, take it easy, rest, take one's ease, slow down, let up, ease off, ease up, be at leisure, sit back, laze, enjoy oneself
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  • kick down

    • Change quickly into a lower gear in a car with an automatic transmission by a sudden full depression of the accelerator.

      • ‘I kept thinking the bike was going to stall as the revs dropped, and rather than kicking down a few gears, rolling off the throttle, and using a bit of brake to go around a corner, I had to use the brakes alone to slow me down.’
      • ‘You get the odd hairy moment when coming over a ridge and round a corner at the same time as the car kicks down a gear and opens the throttle to maintain its speed.’
      • ‘However, the transmission has a tendency to kick down into first gear all too easily, which can make progress around town a little jerky.’
  • kick in

    • Come into effect or operation.

      ‘the hospital's emergency generators kicked in’
      • ‘That's when my imagination kicks in and I begin to visualise shapes, structures and colours.’
      • ‘The top band of council tax kicks in when a house is valued at more than £212,000.’
      • ‘But then you get out there and the adrenaline kicks in and you're away again.’
      • ‘I think the medication is finally kicking in and that was what I was waiting for.’
      • ‘When the New Year's resolution to lose weight kicks in, gyms and diet clubs often have a sharp rise in membership.’
      • ‘If you drive into central London there is a big C painted on the road at the point where the congestion charge kicks in.’
      • ‘She put her terror to one side as her professional training kicked in and she provided emergency care.’
      • ‘He is soon feeling sick and unhappy as the effects of his high fat diet kick in.’
      • ‘There is a British resilience and pragmatism that kicks in when something like this happens.’
      • ‘The Government will only take on claims after the new enterprise liability scheme kicks in.’
  • kick something in

    • Contribute something, especially money.

      ‘if you subscribe now we'll kick in a bonus’
      • ‘As private donors kicked in more money, every aspect of the blueprint kept changing.’
      • ‘If you call them soon enough, surety firms might be able to kick in some money to ease cash shortages as well as to share good ideas and offer lots of expertise.’
      • ‘But if you're willing to kick some money in, his investment choices will widen.’
      • ‘It wasn't a cheap flight, but luckily Sara's parents had kicked in a ton of money.’
      • ‘Both the Soviet Union and the United States were eager to kick in cash and advice.’
  • kick off

    • 1(of a football match) be started or resumed by a player kicking the ball from the centre spot.

      ‘World Cup games will kick off in the afternoon’
      • ‘Football matches in the English Premier and Nationwide leagues kicked off six minutes later than usual yesterday.’
      • ‘The Academy game kicks off at 3.40 pm with the Bulls currently second in the table behind St Helens.’
      • ‘I actually predicted before the England v France match kicked off that Beckham would retire from International football at the end of the Championship.’
      • ‘Our match kicked off at 11.30 the next morning, but we played better and beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1 - 0.’
      • ‘Usually when an FA Cup is played on a Saturday and a TV company wants to show the game live, it kicks off at around 12 noon or 1pm.’
      • ‘The game kicks off at 2.15 pm to allow spectators and players to watch the televised England v Ireland game.’
      • ‘The Ladies' exhibition football match kicks off at the Reebok at 3pm on Sunday.’
      • ‘The Church of England is allowing clergy to change the time of Sunday's services so they don't clash with the England-Sweden game, which kicks off at 10.30 am.’
      • ‘The strike took place just hours before a major European football match was due to kick off.’
      • ‘City's home match with Huddersfield has been switched to Sunday afternoon to avoid a clash with the Scarborough v Chelsea tie, which kicks off at 12.30 pm on Saturday.’
      1. 1.1(of a team or player) begin or resume a match by kicking the ball from the centre spot.
        • ‘With the flip of a coin, a decision is made as to who kicks off first at a football game.’
        • ‘Their decision comes just three days before the England team kicks off against France as they bid to become Euro 2004 champions in Portugal.’
        • ‘Costa Rica kick off needing a point from this game.’
        • ‘Today's referee, Jeff Winter, gets the game underway with Charlton kicking off.’
        • ‘Lancashire captain Andy Farrell kicked off in a game delayed by traffic congestion resulting from bad weather earlier in the evening.’
      2. 1.2informal Begin or cause something to begin.
        ‘the festival kicks off on Monday’
        ‘New Hampshire is the state whose presidential primary kicks off the political year’
        • ‘Thousands of people are expected to hit the streets of the East Yorkshire town as the annual event kicks off the countdown to Christmas.’
        • ‘The programme itself kicks off at noon with interviews and previews of the games to come.’
        • ‘The beer festival kicks off at 7pm on July 29 and tickets are £6.’
        • ‘Bulgaria's new football championship season kicked off last weekend, implementing some interesting changes from past years.’
        • ‘The National Football League kicks off its new season tonight and for the second year in a row the event is being marked with a live concert.’
        • ‘With the Premiership season kicking off on Saturday, football has dominated the news, but there's plenty of other sport out there.’
        • ‘Jones was a relative late-starter in professional football when his career kicked off in 1986.’
        • ‘The team kicked off their season in a meeting with Washington State University last Saturday.’
        • ‘David Beckham helped to kick off the latest campaign by the United Nations Children's Fund to end all forms of child exploitation.’
        • ‘He kicked off the campaign with a radio interview in New Hampshire on October 9.’
        start, begin, get going, get off the ground, get under way
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    • 2Become very angry; suddenly start an argument or fight.

      ‘I don't want her kicking off at me again’
      ‘there aren't many people I can kick off with and then phone up to apologize to’
      ‘people said he was trying to buy drugs off these guys and then it all just kicked off in the street’
      • ‘He had to be physically restrained after kicking off in the accident and emergency department at Blackburn Royal Infirmary.’
      • ‘These yobs started asking her and her mates for a fag and then one of them thumped one of her friends and started to kick off.’
      • ‘Normally, if I'd been delayed by two hours on a train journey, I'd've been kicking off, and grumbling about the state of public transport.’
  • kick on

    • Continue to play or perform well.

      ‘maybe she'll kick on in the sport’
      • ‘"I went close to quitting swimming but this has given me the incentive to keep swimming; I'm now determined to kick on for next year's World Championships."’
      • ‘"Our training will hopefully pay off later on in the season where we will be able to keep kicking on in games, especially the later stages of matches."’
      • ‘There's something that stirs the heart about his life-threateningly stupid decision to damn the injuries and the pain and to kick on in the hope of playing in the preliminary final.’
      • ‘Most local experts expect him to kick on with the academy and with whatever AFL side snaps him up.’
      • ‘The local veteran athlete has kicked on from his success at the Rainbow Masters Games.’
  • kick someone out

    • Expel or dismiss someone.

      ‘as a child he was kicked out of school’
      • ‘As a result of this investigation, Elmo was kicked out of the University.’
      • ‘California Republicans detest him, and they're torn between working with him to pass a budget or throwing all their weight behind kicking him out of office.’
      • ‘A few hours, and even more pitchers of beer later, we were kicked out of the bar, and stumbled back to our friend's place for some short-lived rest.’
      • ‘Those from Switzerland were kicked out of the country for their beliefs and were relocated to Prussia, which is now part of Germany.’
      • ‘When she finally told her parents she was pregnant, she said, her mother threw a stool at her and kicked her out of the house.’
      • ‘Nazia was also afraid that if she said no to her parents, they'd kick her out of the house.’
      • ‘Military school is where you go after you have been kicked out of at least three boarding schools.’
      • ‘The implication was clear: ‘Do as I say or you could be kicked out of the country.’’
      • ‘Teachers, students and school administrators have joined forces to find ways of dealing with troubled students without kicking them out of school.’
      • ‘It is time for FIFA and Uefa to act by kicking the team out of the world cup and send the clearest signal possible that the football authorities will not tolerate racism.’
      expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of
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  • kick up

    • (of the wind) become stronger.

      ‘we were warned that the winds might kick up by mid-morning’
      • ‘When the wind kicks up at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, where I teach, it's hard just to stand up straight, never mind hit a golf shot.’
      • ‘Tomorrow came, and though the wind was still kicking up, Floyd told us to get in the plane anyway, but to leave our gear behind.’
      • ‘We had one heck of a wind storm kick up last night and the 39 degree weather this morning felt like 29.’
      • ‘I was so calm that even though the wind had begun to kick up quite a bit, I went to bed.’
      • ‘It's been a calm day so far, but now the wind has kicked up.’
      • ‘In a short time the wind begins to kick up, seas rise to 4 feet, and the men hang on to the slippery deck.’
      • ‘The temperature drops, the wind kicks up and the air grows much drier.’
      • ‘She closed her jacket as the wind kicked up, blowing her long auburn hair into her face.’
      • ‘A wind kicked up and, for a moment, Ford had to shield his eyes from the dust.’
      • ‘The wind kicked up, skimming clouds over the surface of the full moon.’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.




Main definitions of kick in English

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  • An indentation in the bottom of a glass bottle, diminishing the internal capacity.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.