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advance, promote

Nearby words

kibitka, kibitz, kibitzer, kiblah, kibosh, kick, kick a habit, kick about, kick around, kick ass, kick back

Idioms

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 upstairs (2 of 2)

upstairs

[ uhp-stairz ]
/ ˈʌpˈstɛərz /

adverb

adjective

Also up·stair. of, relating to, or situated on an upper floor: an upstairs window; an upstairs apartment.

noun, plural up·stairs.

(usually used with a singular verb) an upper story or stories; the part of a building or house that is above the ground floor: The upstairs of this house is entirely rented.
a higher command or level of authority: We can't take action till we have approval from upstairs.

Origin of upstairs

1590–1600; up- + stairs
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British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (1 of 3)

kick upstairs


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to promote to a nominally higher but effectively powerless position

British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (2 of 3)

kick

/ (kɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived Formskickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin

British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (3 of 3)

upstairs

/ (ˈʌpˈstɛəz) /

adverb

up the stairs; to or on an upper floor or level
informal to or into a higher rank or office
informal in the minda little weak upstairs
kick upstairs informal to promote to a higher rank or position, esp one that carries less power

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

  1. an upper floor or level
  2. (as modifier)an upstairs room
British informal, old-fashioned the masters and mistresses of a household collectively, esp of a large houseCompare downstairs (def. 3)
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Idioms and Phrases with kick upstairs (1 of 3)

kick upstairs


Promote someone to a higher but less desirable position, especially one with less authority. For example, Paul never forgave the company for kicking him upstairs at age 55. This expression alludes to its antonym, kick downstairs, simply meaning “eject.” [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with kick upstairs (2 of 3)

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

Idioms and Phrases with kick upstairs (3 of 3)

upstairs


see kick upstairs.

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