One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Express resentment at or frustration with (an institution or restriction).
resist, rebel against, oppose, fight against, struggle against, refuse to acceptView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Inevitably, self-obsessed Gwen kicks against the system, until learning lessons the hard way.’
- ‘It is the job of the journalist, he says, to kick against authority.’
- ‘All my life I've railed and kicked against dogma and rhetoric: I've stuck my neck out.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Working in television provided him with training, a secure job and an establishment to kick against, and he remains grateful for all of this.’
- ‘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.’
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