verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- thrill; pleasurable excitement: His biggest kick comes from telling about the victory.
- a strong but temporary interest, often an activity: Making mobiles is his latest kick.
- a stimulating or intoxicating quality in alcoholic drink.
- vim, vigor, or energy.
- an instance of kicking the ball.
- any method of kicking the ball: place kick.
- a kicked ball.
- the distance such a ball travels.
- a turn at kicking the ball.
- to treat (someone) harshly or inconsiderately.
- to consider, discuss, or speculate about (a proposal, project, etc.): We kicked around various ideas for raising money.
- to experiment with.
- to pass time idly; wander from place to place aimlessly: We just kicked around for a year after college.
- to remain unused, unemployed, or unnoticed: The script has been kicking around for years.
- to recoil, especially vigorously or unexpectedly.
- Informal. to give someone a kickback.
- Slang. to return (stolen property, money, etc.) to the owner.
- to relax: Let's just kick back and enjoy the weekend.
- to contribute one's share, especially in money.
- Slang. to die.
- to become operational; activate; go into effect: The air conditioning kicks in when the temperature reaches 80°F.
- Football. to begin play or begin play again by a kickoff: The Giants won the toss and elected to kick off.
- Slang. to die.
- to initiate (an undertaking, meeting, etc.); begin: A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
- to oust or eject: They have been kicked out of the country club.
- to fail; give out: The power kicked out and the room went black.
- to separate off, as for review or inspection: The computer kicked out the information in a split second.
- Surfing. to turn a surfboard by shifting the weight to the rear, causing the surfboard to come down over the top of a wave, in order to stop a ride.
- to drive or force upward by kicking.
- to stir up (trouble); make or cause (a disturbance, scene, etc.): They kicked up a tremendous row.
- (especially of a machine part) to move rapidly upward: The lever kicks up, engaging the gear.
- kip5(def 2).
- to act harshly or use force in order to gain a desired result.
- to defeat soundly.
- someone or something that is very exciting, enjoyable, amusing, etc.: I think you'll like her, she's a real kick in the pants.
- kick(def 36).
Origin of 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)
noun, plural up·stairs.
Origin of upstairs
British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (2 of 3)
- to make (a conversion or a drop goal) by means of a kick
- to score (a goal) by means of a kicked conversion
- rugby soccer to kick the ball out of the playing area and into touchSee touch (def. 15)
- informal to take some temporizing action so that a problem is shelved or a decision postponed
- a reprimand or scolding designed to produce greater effort, enthusiasm, etc, in the person receiving it
- a setback or disappointment
Derived Formskickable, adjective
Word Origin for kick
British Dictionary definitions for kick upstairs (3 of 3)
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
- an upper floor or level
- (as modifier)an upstairs room
Idioms and Phrases with kick upstairs (1 of 3)
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)
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
- alive and kicking
- for fun (kicks)
- get a bang (kick) out of
Idioms and Phrases with kick upstairs (3 of 3)
see kick upstairs.