Idioms

Origin of kick

1350–1400; Middle English kiken (v.); origin uncertain

Related forms

kick·a·ble, adjectivekick·less, adjectiveout·kick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for kick around

kick

/ (kɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

kickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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Idioms and Phrases with kick around (1 of 2)

kick around


1

Treat badly, abuse, as in I'm sick and tired of being kicked around by my supervisor. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

2

Also, kick about. Move from place to place, as in They spent three years kicking around the country on their bikes, or We've no address; we're just kicking about until we find somewhere to settle. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

3

Also, kick about. Consider, think about or discuss; examine or try out. For example, Let's kick this scenario around for a while and see what we come up with, or We've been kicking about various schemes to make money. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

4

Be available or unused, as in This old computer has been kicking around for months—no one seems to want it. [c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with kick around (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • alive and kicking
  • for fun (kicks)
  • get a bang (kick) out of
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