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[kik-uhp] /ˈkɪkˌʌp/
a violent disturbance or argument.
kick (def 23b).
kip5 (def 1).
Origin of kick-up
First recorded in 1790-95; kick + up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for kick-up
Historical Examples
  • Whether or no to tell her of the 'kick-up at Joyfields' exercised his mind.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • The heavier the charge and lighter the arm the greater the flip or kick-up.

  • I've been having quite a kick-up with my sisters about it lately.

    The Lee Shore

    Rose Macaulay
  • Perhaps, if you would confess, you are as fond of a kick-up on your way home as anybody.

    In Luck at Last Walter Besant
  • For the first two days of this new 'kick-up,' that 'fellow Freeland's' family undoubtedly tasted the sweets of successful mutiny.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Several people told me that the kick-up ruined the butter business, but I could not get anyone to explain why.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • And he, looking coolly and obeying her commands, knew there was no chance of the kick-up of the recoil producing a miss.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • They had expected to be even more important than the bride in their rles of Japanese and kick-up dolls.

  • It's just like the 'B' for Brown in our name, only the R has a kick-up tail at the end.

Slang definitions & phrases for kick-up



  1. A dance or dancing party (1778+)
  2. A commotion; disturbance; ruckus (1793+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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