kickoff

or kick-off

[ kik-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

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.

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Nearby words

  1. kickball,
  2. kickboard,
  3. kickboxing,
  4. kickdown,
  5. kicker,
  6. kickshaw,
  7. kicksie-wicksie,
  8. kicksorter,
  9. kickstand,
  10. kickup

Origin of kickoff

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off

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