kick-up

or kick·up

[ kik-uhp ]
/ ˈkɪkˌʌp /
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noun

a violent disturbance or argument.

Origin of kick-up

First recorded in 1790–95; kick + up

Definition for kick up (2 of 3)

Origin of kick

1350–1400; Middle English kiken (v.); origin uncertain
SYNONYMS FOR kick
Related formskick·a·ble, adjectivekick·less, adjectiveout·kick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)

Definition for kick up (3 of 3)

kip

5
[ kip ]
/ kɪp /

noun

Also called kip-up [kip-uhp] /ˈkɪpˌʌp/, kick-up. an acrobatic movement in which a person moves from a position lying on the back to a standing position with a vigorous swing of both legs coordinated with a launching push of the arms.

verb (used without object)

Also kick up. to perform a kip (often followed by up).

Origin of kip

5
1965–70; < German kippe edge, arm of a balance < Low German: point, edge < Latin cippus stake, post
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British Dictionary definitions for kick up (1 of 7)

kick up

verb (adverb)

informal to cause (trouble, a fuss, etc)
kick up bobsy-die See bobsy-die

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (2 of 7)

kick

/ (kɪk) /

verb


noun

Derived Formskickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (3 of 7)

kip

1
/ (kɪp) slang /

noun

British sleep or slumberto get some kip
British a bed or lodging
Irish a brothel

verb kips, kipping or kipped (intr)

British to sleep or take a nap
British (foll by down) to prepare for sleep

Word Origin for kip

C18: of uncertain origin; apparently related to Danish kippe common alehouse

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (4 of 7)

kip

2

kipskin (ˈkɪpˌskɪn)

/ (kɪp) /

noun

the hide of a young animal, esp a calf or lamb

Word Origin for kip

C16: from Middle Dutch kipp; related to Middle Low German kip, Old Norse kippa bundle

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (5 of 7)

kip

3
/ (kɪp) /

noun

a unit of weight equal to one thousand pounds

Word Origin for kip

C20: from ki (lo) 1 + p (ound

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (6 of 7)

kip

4
/ (kɪp) /

noun

the standard monetary unit of Laos, divided into 100 at

Word Origin for kip

from Thai

British Dictionary definitions for kick up (7 of 7)

kip

5
/ (kɪp) /

noun

Australian a small board used to spin the coins in two-up

Word Origin for kip

C19: from kep
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Idioms and Phrases with kick up (1 of 2)

kick up

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.


Idioms and Phrases with kick up (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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