One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The start or resumption of a football game, in which a player kicks the ball from the center of the field.‘three minutes before kickoff’
- ‘We had some rain before kick-off and the players are taking full advantage.’
- ‘All players are asked to be on the field 20 minutes before kick-off of their matches.’
- ‘The side losing the toss has the kick-off from the centre point between the goals.’
- ‘The match kick-off had to be put back 20 minutes while another coach arrived to take the players to the ground.’
- ‘She was presenting the match ball before kick-off and as club captain I had my photo taken with her to help promote the evening.’
- 1.1informal The start of an event or activity.
beginning, start, outset, opening, starting point, initiation, inceptionView synonyms
- ‘We want to raise a million quid, and it's an impressively strong line-up for the kick-off event.’
- ‘The Strawberry Board of Directors say its been a hectic week getting everything set up for the kick-off of the festival.’
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