Definition of kick against in US English:

kick against

phrasal verb

  • Express resentment at or frustration with (an institution or restriction).

    • ‘Working in television provided him with training, a secure job and an establishment to kick against, and he remains grateful for all of this.’
    • ‘I wonder whether there wasn't a point at which they kicked against their upbringing, as most teenagers do?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All my life I've railed and kicked against dogma and rhetoric: I've stuck my neck out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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