[ kik-uhp ]
/ ˈkɪkˌʌp /
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noun Informal.
a fuss; commotion; row.
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Origin of kickup

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

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or kick·up

[ kik-uhp ]
/ ˈkɪkˌʌp /

a violent disturbance or argument.

Origin of kick-up

First recorded in 1790–95; kick + up
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British Dictionary definitions for kickup

kick up

verb (adverb)
informal to cause (trouble, a fuss, etc)
kick up bobsy-die See bobsy-die
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Other Idioms and Phrases with kickup

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.

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