[ kik-uhp ]

  1. a fuss; commotion; row.

Origin of kickup

First recorded in 1785–95; noun use of verb phrase kick up

Other definitions for kick-up (2 of 2)


or kick·up

[ kik-uhp ]

  1. a violent disturbance or argument.

Origin of kick-up

First recorded in 1790–95; kick + up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kickup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kick up

kick up

  1. informal to cause (trouble, a fuss, etc)

  2. kick up bobsy-die See bobsy-die

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Other Idioms and Phrases with kickup


Malfunction, cause trouble or pain, as in My grandmother's arthritis is kicking up again. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see act up; also subsequent entries beginning with kick up.

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