or kick-off

[ kik-awf, -of ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. the initial stage of something; start; beginning: the campaign kickoff.

Origin of kickoff

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kickoff in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kick off

kick off

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to start play in a game of football by kicking the ball from the centre of the field

  2. informal to commence a discussion, job, etc

    • a place kick from the centre of the field in a game of football

    • the time at which the first such kick is due to take place: kickoff is at 2.30 p.m

  1. informal

    • the beginning of something

    • for a kickoff to begin with

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Other Idioms and Phrases with kickoff


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]

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