kick a habit

Also, kick it; kick the habit. Overcome or give up habitual use, especially of narcotics. For example, Smoking is addictive; it's not easy to kick, or If he doesn't kick the habit, he may not make it through school. This idiom uses kick in the sense of “get rid of.” [First half of 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. kibitz,
  2. kibitzer,
  3. kiblah,
  4. kibosh,
  5. kick,
  6. kick about,
  7. kick around,
  8. kick ass,
  9. kick back,
  10. kick boxing

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