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quick kick

noun, Football.
a punt, usually on second or third down, made from an offensive formation not usually used for kicking, intended to go beyond the opposing safety men in order to prevent a possible runback.
Origin of quick kick
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One attacked him from behind, but with a quick kick Dick shook himself free.

  • There Jack's eye caught the gleam of the helmsman's pistol and with a quick kick he sent it hurtling overboard also.

  • The jar of it ran through the whole length of the Seagull, and I felt the quick kick of it even in the Bow.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman

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