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Express resentment at or frustration with (an institution or restriction)
resist, rebel against, oppose, fight against, struggle against, refuse to acceptprotest against, complain about, rage against, grumble about, object todefy, disobey, reject, spurngripe about, grouse about, beef about, bitch aboutView synonyms
- ‘It is the job of the journalist, he says, to kick against authority.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
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