or kick-off

[kik-awf, -of]


Football. a place kick or a drop kick from the 40-yard line of the team kicking at the beginning of the first and third periods or after the team kicking has scored a touchdown or field goal.
Soccer. a kick that puts a stationary ball into play from the center line of the field at the start of a quarter or after a goal has been scored.
the initial stage of something; start; beginning: the campaign kickoff.

Origin of kickoff

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for kickoff

initial, first

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