Definition of kick off in English:

kick off

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Academy game kicks off at 3.40 pm with the Bulls currently second in the table behind St Helens.’
    • ‘Football matches in the English Premier and Nationwide leagues kicked off six minutes later than usual yesterday.’
    • ‘The strike took place just hours before a major European football match was due to kick off.’
    • ‘The Ladies' exhibition football match kicks off at the Reebok at 3pm on Sunday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The game kicks off at 2.15 pm to allow spectators and players to watch the televised England v Ireland game.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a team or player) begin or resume a match by kicking the ball from the centre spot.
      • ‘Lancashire captain Andy Farrell kicked off in a game delayed by traffic congestion resulting from bad weather earlier in the evening.’
      • ‘With the flip of a coin, a decision is made as to who kicks off first at a football game.’
      • ‘Today's referee, Jeff Winter, gets the game underway with Charlton kicking off.’
      • ‘Costa Rica kick off needing a point from this 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.’
    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’
      • ‘David Beckham helped to kick off the latest campaign by the United Nations Children's Fund to end all forms of child exploitation.’
      • ‘With the Premiership season kicking off on Saturday, football has dominated the news, but there's plenty of other sport out there.’
      • ‘The beer festival kicks off at 7pm on July 29 and tickets are £6.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The team kicked off their season in a meeting with Washington State University last Saturday.’
      • ‘Bulgaria's new football championship season kicked off last weekend, implementing some interesting changes from past years.’
      • ‘He kicked off the campaign with a radio interview in New Hampshire on October 9.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jones was a relative late-starter in professional football when his career kicked off in 1986.’
      start, begin, get going, get off the ground, get under way
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  • 2British informal Become 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had to be physically restrained after kicking off in the accident and emergency department at Blackburn Royal Infirmary.’