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 in (1 of 2)

kick in


verb (adverb)

(intr) to start or become activated
(tr) mainly Australian and NZ informal to contribute

British Dictionary definitions for kick in (2 of 2)

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 in (1 of 2)

kick in


1

Contribute one's share, as in We'll kick in half if you take care of the rest. [Colloquial; c. 1900]

2

Also, kick off. Die, as in No one knows when he'll kick in, or He finally kicked off yesterday. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see kick the bucket.

3

Begin to operate, as in Finally the motor kicked in and we could get started. This usage was first recorded in 1908.

Idioms and Phrases with kick in (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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