to strike with the foot or feet: to kick the ball; to kick someone in the shins.
to drive, force, make, etc., by or as if by kicks.
Football. to score (a field goal or a conversion) by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball.
Informal. to make (a car) increase in speed, especially in auto racing: He kicked his car into high gear.
to strike in recoiling: The gun kicked his shoulder.
Slang. to give up or break (a drug addiction): Has he kicked the habit?
Poker. raise (def. 24).
Chiefly South Atlantic States. to reject as a suitor; jilt: He courted her for two years—then she kicked him.
to make a rapid, forceful thrust with the foot or feet: He kicked at the ball. You have to kick rapidly when using a crawl stroke.
to have a tendency to strike with the foot or feet: That horse kicks when you walk into his stall.
Informal. to resist, object, or complain: What's he got to kick about?
to recoil, as a firearm when fired.
to be actively or vigorously involved: He's still alive and kicking.
the act of kicking; a blow or thrust with the foot or feet.
power or disposition to kick: That horse has a mean kick.
Informal. an objection or complaint.
thrill; pleasurable excitement: His biggest kick comes from telling about the victory.
a strong but temporary interest, often an activity: Making mobiles is his latest kick.
a stimulating or intoxicating quality in alcoholic drink.
vim, vigor, or energy.
an instance of kicking the ball.
any method of kicking the ball: place kick.
a kicked ball.
the distance such a ball travels.
a turn at kicking the ball.
a recoil, as of a gun.
Slang. a pocket: He kept his wallet in his side kick.
kicks, Slang. shoe (def. 1).
a solid glass base or an indentation at the base of drinking glasses, bottles, etc., that reduces the liquid capacity of the glassware.
kick about, to move from place to place frequently: He kicked about a good deal before settling down.
kick around, Informal.
to treat (someone) harshly or inconsiderately.
to consider, discuss, or speculate about (a proposal, project, etc.): We kicked around various ideas for raising money.
to experiment with.
to pass time idly; wander from place to place aimlessly: We just kicked around for a year after college.
to remain unused, unemployed, or unnoticed: The script has been kicking around for years.
to recoil, especially vigorously or unexpectedly.
Informal. to give someone a kickback.
Slang. to return (stolen property, money, etc.) to the owner.
to relax: Let's just kick back and enjoy the weekend.
to contribute one's share, especially in money.
Slang. to die.
to become operational; activate; go into effect: The air conditioning kicks in when the temperature reaches 80°F.
Football. to begin play or begin play again by a kickoff: The Giants won the toss and elected to kick off.
Slang. to die.
to initiate (an undertaking, meeting, etc.); begin: A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
kick on, to switch on; turn on: He kicked on the motor and we began to move.
kick out, Informal.
to oust or eject: They have been kicked out of the country club.
to fail; give out: The power kicked out and the room went black.
to separate off, as for review or inspection: The computer kicked out the information in a split second.
Surfing. to turn a surfboard by shifting the weight to the rear, causing the surfboard to come down over the top of a wave, in order to stop a ride.
kick over, Informal. (of an internal-combustion engine) to begin ignition; turn over: The engine kicked over a few times but we couldn't get it started.
to drive or force upward by kicking.
to stir up (trouble); make or cause (a disturbance, scene, etc.): They kicked up a tremendous row.
(especially of a machine part) to move rapidly upward: The lever kicks up, engaging the gear.
Idioms about kick
kick ass, Slang: Vulgar. : Also Slang, kick butt .
to act harshly or use force in order to gain a desired result.
to defeat soundly.
kick in the ass, Slang: Vulgar. kick (def. 35a).
kick in the pants, Informal.
someone or something that is very exciting, enjoyable, amusing, etc.: I think you'll like her, she's a real kick in the pants.
kick in the teeth, an abrupt, often humiliating setback; rebuff: Her refusal even to talk to me was a kick in the teeth.
kick over the traces. trace2 (def. 3).
kick the bucket, Slang. bucket (def. 15).
kick the tin, Australian. to give a donation; contribute.
kick upstairs. upstairs (def. 8).
- kick·a·ble, adjective
- kickless, adjective
- outkick, verb (used with object)
- o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)
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How to use kick in a sentence
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.
Eventually, Weirich had to kick out her jacuzzi and plants from her sunroom, where she now holds court.
Ramone, who turned to religion while trying to kick drugs, would probably approve (and laugh a little, too).‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Keith Green finds Ramone at the Chelsea, trying to kick heroin for good.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It not only had a kick-ass part, it was the first Israeli movie featuring a transgender character in a leading role.Trans in the Holy Land: ‘Marzipan Flowers,’ Tal Kallai, and the Shattering of Israel’s LGBT Taboos | Itay Hod | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
And with that the host gave him such a kick as sent him howling into the street, amidst the roars of the company.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
I knowed, a-course, that I could go kick up a fuss when Simpson stopped by his office on his trip back from Goldstone.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
Next morning the hero of Wagram, lame from the effect of a kick from his horse, was summoned before the Emperor.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
And I should kick the bottom out of dis crate just because you don't like the looks of somebody behind us!
British Dictionary definitions for kick
(tr) to drive or impel with the foot
(tr) to hit with the foot or feet
(intr) to strike out or thrash about with the feet, as in fighting or swimming
(intr) to raise a leg high, as in dancing
(of a gun, etc) to recoil or strike in recoiling when fired
to make (a conversion or a drop goal) by means of a kick
to score (a goal) by means of a kicked conversion
(tr) soccer to score (a goal) by a kick
(intr) athletics to put on a sudden spurt
(intr) to make a sudden violent movement
(intr) cricket (of a ball) to rear up sharply
(intr sometimes foll by against) informal to object or resist
(intr) informal to be active and in good health (esp in the phrase alive and kicking)
informal to change gear in (a car, esp a racing car): he kicked into third and passed the bigger car
(tr) informal to free oneself of (an addiction, etc): to kick heroin; to kick the habit
kick against the pricks See prick (def. 20)
kick into touch
rugby soccer to kick the ball out of the playing area and into touch: See touch (def. 15)
informal to take some temporizing action so that a problem is shelved or a decision postponed
kick one's heels to wait or be kept waiting
kick over the traces See trace 2 (def. 3)
kick the bucket slang to die
kick up one's heels informal to enjoy oneself without inhibition
a thrust or blow with the foot
any of certain rhythmic leg movements used in swimming
the recoil of a gun or other firearm
informal a stimulating or exciting quality or effect (esp in the phrases get a kick out of or for kicks)
athletics a sudden spurt, acceleration, or boost
a sudden violent movement
informal the sudden stimulating or intoxicating effect of strong alcoholic drink or certain drugs
informal power or force
slang a temporary enthusiasm: he's on a new kick every week
kick in the pants slang
a reprimand or scolding designed to produce greater effort, enthusiasm, etc, in the person receiving it
a setback or disappointment
kick in the teeth slang a humiliating rebuff
- kickable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with kick
In addition to the idioms beginning with kick
- kick a habit
- kick around
- kick ass
- kick back
- kick in
- kick in the pants, a
- kick it
- kick off
- kick oneself
- kick out
- kick over the traces
- kick the bucket
- kick the habit
- kick up
- kick up a fuss
- kick up one's heels
- kick upstairs
- alive and kicking
- for fun (kicks)
- get a bang (kick) out of
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