Definition of kickoff in US English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All players are asked to be on the field 20 minutes before kick-off of their matches.’
    1. 1.1informal The start of an event or activity.
      • ‘The Strawberry Board of Directors say its been a hectic week getting everything set up for the kick-off of the festival.’
      • ‘We want to raise a million quid, and it's an impressively strong line-up for the kick-off event.’
      beginning, start, outset, opening, starting point, initiation, inception
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