kickoff

or kick-off

[ kik-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

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.

Origin of kickoff

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off

Definition for kick off (2 of 2)

Origin of kick

1350–1400; Middle English kiken (v.); origin uncertain
Related formskick·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 off (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for kick off (2 of 2)

kick

/ (kɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived Formskickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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Idioms and Phrases with kick off (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with kick off (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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