kick out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. informal to eject or dismiss

  2. basketball (of a player who has dribbled towards the basket) to pass the ball to a player further away from the basket

  1. basketball an instance of kicking out the ball

  2. (in Gaelic football) a free kick to restart play after a goal or after the ball has gone out of play

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How to use kick out in a sentence

  • The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.

  • The stone whizzed, and striking the horse on the hind quarters, caused that quadruped to kick out wildly.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • There is no moon now, and it will be dark as pitch, so that if we kick out his lantern he would be unable to follow us.

    Condemned as a Nihilist | George Alfred Henty
  • You always begin to shy and kick out like one of those old mules when I begin talking to you like this.

    !Tention | George Manville Fenn
  • He started the motor again, twisted the steering wheel, and the legs began to kick out.

Other Idioms and Phrases with kick out

kick out

Also, boot out. Throw out, dismiss, especially ignominiously. For example, George said they'd been kicked out of the country club, or The owner booted them out of the restaurant for being loud and disorderly. This idiom alludes to expelling someone with a kick in the pants. [Late 1600s]

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