or kick·up



a violent disturbance or argument.

Origin of kick-up

First recorded in 1790–95; kick + up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kick-up

Historical Examples of kick-up

  • 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