Definition of kicking in US English:



  • A punishment or assault in which the victim is kicked repeatedly.

    ‘they gave him a good kicking’
    • ‘I sorry but such social deviants cant just squat down anywhere you feel, I may go down there tonight and give them a good kicking.’
    • ‘‘Oh mighty Dwarf,’ Yap began, ‘heroic and delicious Yap has decided to forgive you for all of your hurtful and brutal kickings and abusings.’’
    • ‘Kids lured into cars and tied up in the boot; suburban kickings on a Saturday night; amateur hitmen hired outside concrete-walled pubs; garage suicides and unwanted gropes.’
    • ‘Anyone who publishes a report trying to pass off damage in a report as ‘damage’ deserves a kicking.’
    • ‘Fianna Fail has already assumed the crouch position on ground, and is braced for a sound kicking.’
    • ‘The military historian delivers the biggest kicking to the traumatologists.’
    • ‘There was no justice about stabbings, beatings with rods and kickings that resulted in one 33-year-old man dying and another being gravely injured, with savage cuts to his neck and body.’
    • ‘These included repeated punchings, kickings, beatings with a baseball bat and truncheon, being urinated on and threatened with a syringe and blowtorch.’
    • ‘A few good kickings later I quickly forgot that idea!’
    • ‘The politicians came to mix it with the ordinary voters, and they got a kicking.’
    • ‘The working class aren't coming in for a kicking as they are traditionally understood, but rather the poor.’
    • ‘One man's ‘most respected occult books around’ are another man's old hat ripe for a kicking.’
    • ‘Shares in World Online have taken a good kicking since it emerged she flogged loads of hers ahead of the float last month.’
    • ‘I have seen victims of brutal assaults where head kicking has taken place.’
    • ‘He threatened to give particular employees the kicking of their lives.’
    • ‘In its latest round of kickings, the Advertising Standards Authority received complaints about two easynet ads that appeared in the Evening Standard.’
    • ‘It might seem like a great idea, but giving them a good kicking really isn't the answer.’
    • ‘As these neds were giving him a kicking, he says he never felt more alive and didn't care what happened to him.’
    • ‘AMD, when given the chance to put the boot in, was a little reluctant to give a good kicking.’
    • ‘People were literally getting serious, serious beating or kickings when they were plasticuffed you're talking broken ribs, punctured lungs sort of thing.’


  • (especially of music) lively and exciting.

    ‘their seriously kicking debut, “Paradise.”’
    • ‘There's a little bit of Walk Like an Egyptian in there, plus brass stabs, a kicking bassline and a bit played on a Theramin.’
    • ‘Well, that was a kicking party…’
    • ‘A kicking beat, guitars deftly playing off each other, and a bass line that was pure nous.’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, popular, up to date, bang up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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