- a percentage of income given to a person in a position of power or influence as payment for having made the income possible: usually considered improper or unethical.
- a rebate, usually given secretively by a seller to a buyer or to one who influenced the buyer.
- the practice of an employer or a person in a supervisory position of taking back a portion of the wages due workers.
- a response, usually vigorous.
- a sudden, uncontrolled movement of a machine, tool, or other device, as on starting or in striking an obstruction: A kickback from a chain saw can be dangerous.
Origin of kickback
Examples from the Web for kickback
Another Russian word the actor might learn, the commenters proposed, was raspilit, or "kickback."Gérard Depardieu After Receiving Russian Citizenship: I Love Putin!
January 4, 2013
Then Mubarak and his family and their allies would see benefits in return, presumably some kickback or a share of the profits.Hunting Mubarak's Millions
April 18, 2011
My question to the government is this: What constitutes a modern-day bribe or kickback?
Is a perpetrator off the hook because he or she uses the market to pay the kickback?
Meanwhile, he earned the nickname "Mr. Ten Percent" for the kickback he purportedly took on government contracts.The Playboy Running Pakistan
April 30, 2009
The "kickback" would have certainly killed or wounded us both.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
The nerves of Average Jones gave a sharp "kickback," like a mis-cranked motor-car.Average Jones
Samuel Hopkins Adams
I want to set down what happened in case there's ever a kickback although I don't think there ever will be.The Beasts in the Void
Paul W. Fairman
- a strong reaction
- part of an income paid to a person having influence over the size or payment of the income, esp by some illegal arrangement
- (intr) to have a strong reaction
- (intr) (esp of a gun) to recoil
- to pay a kickback to (someone)
Word Origin and History for kickback
also kick-back, c.1900 in various mechanical senses, from kick (v.) + back (adv.). By 1926 in a slang sense of "be forced to return pelf, pay back to victims," which was extended to illegal partial give-backs of government-set wages that were extorted from workers by employers. Hence sense of "illegal or improper payment" (1932).