Definition of high kick in US English:

high kick


  • A kick with the foot high in the air, for example in dancing or martial arts.

    • ‘Then all three are shown in front of a wall of flames, performing a series of martial arts moves, including high kicks and punches.’
    • ‘Then they go back into action, fully committed to their high kicks and gravity-defying leaps among the assembled masses.’
    • ‘But, that aside, the fishnets and high kicks of Bob Fosse's choreography are truly spectacular in a production that revives all that murder and mayhem of Chicago's seedier citizens.’
    • ‘A relatively modem martial art, it's known for its powerful high kicks and hand strikes.’
    • ‘Music-hall dancers called for shortened skirts, and their high kicks gave more emphasis to the ruffled underside and bloomers than to the exterior of the garments.’


[no object]high-kick
  • Make a high kick.

    • ‘Since the troupe first pranced across the Eurovision stage, clicking their heels and high-kicking to the sound of Irish fiddles and flutes, Riverdance has played over 6,000 times in more than 220 venues.’
    • ‘Five thousand people signed up for membership before the first roulette wheel was spun ensuring that as the showgirls high-kicked on the opening night, the Opera House Casino was already a sure thing.’
    • ‘Not far behind are Eddie and Arthur, now joined by Nicole James, who seems to be on hand to prove that women can high-kick and punch just as well as men.’
    • ‘A karate club from Stratton has high-kicked and chopped its way to raising more than £1,000 for the Swindon Cancer Appeal.’
    • ‘Two battling brothers - who took up martial arts to defeat the bullies - have high-kicked their way to glory.’


high kick

/ˈhaɪ ˌkɪk//ˈhī ˌkik/