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kickoff

or kick-off

[ kik-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun

Football. a place kick or a drop kick from the 40-yard line of the team kicking at the beginning of the first and third periods or after the team kicking has scored a touchdown or field goal.
Soccer. a kick that puts a stationary ball into play from the center line of the field at the start of a quarter or after a goal has been scored.
the initial stage of something; start; beginning: the campaign kickoff.

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Origin of kickoff

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off
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British Dictionary definitions for kickoff

kick off

verb (intr, adverb)

to start play in a game of football by kicking the ball from the centre of the field
informal to commence a discussion, job, etc

noun kickoff

  1. a place kick from the centre of the field in a game of football
  2. the time at which the first such kick is due to take placekickoff is at 2.30 p.m
informal
  1. the beginning of something
  2. for a kickoff to begin with
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Idioms and Phrases with kickoff

kick off

1

Start, begin, as in They kicked off the celebration with a parade. This term alludes to starting play by kicking the ball in soccer, football, and similar sports. [Mid-1800s]

2

See kick in, def. 2.

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