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kick-up

or kick·up

[kik-uhp]
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noun
  1. a violent disturbance or argument.
  2. kick(def 23b).
  3. kip5(def 1).
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Origin of kick-up

First recorded in 1790–95; kick + up
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Examples from the Web for kick-up

Historical Examples

  • Whether or no to tell her of the 'kick-up at Joyfields' exercised his mind.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • The heavier the charge and lighter the arm the greater the flip or kick-up.

  • I've been having quite a kick-up with my sisters about it lately.

    The Lee Shore

    Rose Macaulay

  • Perhaps, if you would confess, you are as fond of a kick-up on your way home as anybody.

    In Luck at Last

    Walter Besant

  • For the first two days of this new 'kick-up,' that 'fellow Freeland's' family undoubtedly tasted the sweets of successful mutiny.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy