kick in


verb (adverb)

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

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Idioms and Phrases with kick in

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.

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