On Thursday, Ray hosts the Burger Bash, the kick-off—and high point—of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
And every one feels that if he were only there the game would be won before the kick-off!
“This is the merest curtain-riser, just a sort of kick-off,” he was saying.
From kick-off, ball was well returned, and play settled down in homesters' territory.
It fell head up, and Craig chose his goal, and also the first kick-off.
If this law is not complied with the kick-off must be taken over again.
Since the Blues had lost the toss for position, they were entitled to the kick-off.
But now Griffith's baskets are empty, the ball is placed again midway, and the School are going to kick-off.
The party that loses the toss has the privilege of “kick-off.”
The game was won, for almost immediately after the kick-off, the whistle blew, and the referee called Time.
late 14c., "to strike out with the foot" (earliest in biblical phrase now usually rendered as kick against the pricks), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse kikna "bend backwards, sink at the knees." "The doubts OED has about the Scandinavian origin of kick are probably unfounded" [Liberman]. Related: Kicked; kicking.
Figurative sense of "complain, protest, rebel against" (late 14c.) probably is from the Bible verse. Slang sense of "die" is attested from 1725 (kick the wind was slang for "be hanged," 1590s; see also bucket). Meaning "to end one's drug habit" is from 1936. Kick in "contribute" is from 1908; kick out "expel" is from 1690s. To kick oneself in self-reproach is from 1891. The children's game of kick the can is attested from 1891.
1520s, from kick (v.). Meaning "recoil (of a gun) when fired" is from 1826. Meaning "surge or fit of pleasure" (often as kicks) is from 1941; originally literally, "stimulation from liquor or drugs" (1844). The kick "the fashion" is c.1700.
[pocket sense fr late 17thcentury kicks, ''breeches'']
: kickoff dinner/ kickoff speech
The beginning; inauguration: He planned the kickoff of his campaign for Texas (1875+)