Origin of kickoff
Definition for kick off (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- thrill; pleasurable excitement: His biggest kick comes from telling about the victory.
- a strong but temporary interest, often an activity: Making mobiles is his latest kick.
- a stimulating or intoxicating quality in alcoholic drink.
- vim, vigor, or energy.
- an instance of kicking the ball.
- any method of kicking the ball: place kick.
- a kicked ball.
- the distance such a ball travels.
- a turn at kicking the ball.
- to treat (someone) harshly or inconsiderately.
- to consider, discuss, or speculate about (a proposal, project, etc.): We kicked around various ideas for raising money.
- to experiment with.
- to pass time idly; wander from place to place aimlessly: We just kicked around for a year after college.
- to remain unused, unemployed, or unnoticed: The script has been kicking around for years.
- to recoil, especially vigorously or unexpectedly.
- Informal. to give someone a kickback.
- Slang. to return (stolen property, money, etc.) to the owner.
- to relax: Let's just kick back and enjoy the weekend.
- to contribute one's share, especially in money.
- Slang. to die.
- to become operational; activate; go into effect: The air conditioning kicks in when the temperature reaches 80°F.
- Football. to begin play or begin play again by a kickoff: The Giants won the toss and elected to kick off.
- Slang. to die.
- to initiate (an undertaking, meeting, etc.); begin: A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
- to oust or eject: They have been kicked out of the country club.
- to fail; give out: The power kicked out and the room went black.
- to separate off, as for review or inspection: The computer kicked out the information in a split second.
- Surfing. to turn a surfboard by shifting the weight to the rear, causing the surfboard to come down over the top of a wave, in order to stop a ride.
- to drive or force upward by kicking.
- to stir up (trouble); make or cause (a disturbance, scene, etc.): They kicked up a tremendous row.
- (especially of a machine part) to move rapidly upward: The lever kicks up, engaging the gear.
- kip5(def 2).
Origin of kick
Related formskick·a·ble, adjectivekick·less, adjectiveout·kick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)
British Dictionary definitions for kick off (1 of 2)
verb (intr, adverb)
- 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 placekickoff is at 2.30 p.m
- the beginning of something
- for a kickoff to begin with
British Dictionary definitions for kick off (2 of 2)
- to make (a conversion or a drop goal) by means of a kick
- to score (a goal) by means of a kicked conversion
- rugby soccer to kick the ball out of the playing area and into touchSee touch (def. 15)
- informal to take some temporizing action so that a problem is shelved or a decision postponed
- a reprimand or scolding designed to produce greater effort, enthusiasm, etc, in the person receiving it
- a setback or disappointment
Derived Formskickable, adjective
Word Origin for kick
Idioms and Phrases with kick off (1 of 2)
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]
See kick in, def. 2.
Idioms and Phrases with kick off (2 of 2)
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
- alive and kicking
- for fun (kicks)
- get a bang (kick) out of