kick


kick
kick
kick1 [kik]
vi.
[ME kiken < ?]
1. to strike out with the foot or feet, as in anger, or in swimming, dancing, etc.
2. to spring back suddenly, as a gun when fired; recoil
3. to bounce or ricochet, often in a way that is unexpected or seemingly erratic [his tee shot kicked off to the right]
4. Informal to object strongly; complain; grumble
5. Football to kick the ball
vt.
1. to strike or shove suddenly with the foot or feet
2. to drive or move (a ball, etc.) by striking with the foot
3. to make or force (one's way, etc.) by kicking
4. to score (a goal or point in football) by kicking
5. Slang
a) to stop taking (a narcotic drug)
b) to get rid of (a habit)
n.
1. a blow with or thrust of the foot
2. a method of kicking
3. a sudden, sharp thrust or jolt, as the recoil of a gun when fired
4. a sudden burst of speed by a runner toward the end of a race
5. Informal an objection; complaint
6. Informal a stimulating or intoxicating effect, as of alcoholic liquor
7. [often pl.] Informal pleasure; esp., pleasurable excitement
8. Slang pocket
9. Football
a) the act of kicking the ball
b) the kicked ball
c) the distance that it travels
d) one's turn at kicking
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☆ kick around or kick about Informal
1. to treat roughly
2. to move from place to place
3. to lie about unnoticed or forgotten
4. to think about or discuss informally
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kick ass Slang
1. to use power or authority, as to force others into achieving a goal or goals
2. to punish, treat roughly, etc.
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kick back
1. Informal to recoil suddenly and in an unexpected way
2. Slang to give back (a portion of money received as pay, commission, etc.), often as a result of coercion or a previous understanding
3. Slang
a) to lean or lie back
b) to relax or rest
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kick down
to shift to a lower gear
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☆ kick in
1. Slang to pay (one's share)
2. Informal to take effect
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kick off
1. to put a football into play with a kickoff
2. to start (a campaign, etc.)
3. Slang to die
4. Slang to depart; leave
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kick on
Informal to begin operating
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☆ kick oneself
to blame oneself severely
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kick out
1. Informal to get rid of; expel; dismiss
2. Football to make a kick out of bounds
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kick over
to start up, as an internal-combustion engine; turn over
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kick up
1. to raise by kicking
2. Informal to make or cause (trouble, confusion, etc.)
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kick upstairs
Informal to promote to a nominally higher level so as to be rid of on a lower, but more effective, level, as in a corporation
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☆ on a kick
Slang currently enthusiastic about a particular activity
kick2 [kik]
n.
[prob. < KICK1]
an indentation at the bottom of a glass bottle, which reduces its capacity

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