kick1 S2 W3 [intransitive and transitive]
to hit something with your foot
kick something down/over/around etc
Billy was kicking a ball around the yard.
The police kicked the door down.
kick somebody in the stomach/face/shin etc
There was a scuffle and he kicked me in the stomach.
to move your legs as if you were kicking something:
He kicked off his shoes and lay back on the bed.
a row of dancers kicking their legs in the air
A horse trotted past, kicking up dust from the road.
used to say that you are annoyed with yourself because you have done something silly, made a mistake etc:
You'll kick yourself when I tell you the answer.
United will be kicking themselves for missing several chances.
to stop doing something that is a harmful habit, such as smoking, taking drugs etc:
The scheme helps smokers to kick the habit.
to criticize or attack someone who is already in a weak or difficult position:
The media can't resist kicking a man when he's down.
6 kick somebody in the stomach/pants American English informal
to disappoint someone or treat them badly at a time when they need help:
We all have times when life kicks us in the teeth.
7 American English informal not polite
to punish or defeat someone:
• We're gonna kick San Francisco's ass good tonight.
8 American English informal not polite
used to say that someone or something is very good or impressive:
• Tucson pop band Shoebomb kick some serious ass.
9 British English
to waste time waiting for something:
We were left kicking our heels for half the day.
to enjoy yourself a lot at a party, event etc:
The charity ball is a chance to kick up your heels and help a good cause.
11 British English informal
to stop a plan or project before it is completed:
A hitch resulted in the deal being kicked firmly into touch.
to complain loudly about something:
Won't he kick up a fuss when he discovers they're missing?
protesting violently or being very unwilling to do something:
The London Stock Exchange was dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century.
14 informal not polite
to hurt someone very badly by kicking them many times
15 British English informal
to hurt or damage yourself by trying to change something that cannot be changed
to move someone to a new job that seems to be more important than their last one, but that actually gives them less influence
17 American English spoken
to be relaxing and having a good time:
I was just kicking with my buddies.
18 American English spoken
to be having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone
be kicking it with
My sources say that she was kicking it with Thomas while she was on tour.
19 British English old-fashioned
to start behaving badly by refusing to accept any control or rules
to die - used humorously
kick (out) against somethingphrasal verb
She has kicked out against authority all her life.
kick aroundphrasal verb
to think about or discuss an idea before making a decision:
We kicked that suggestion around and in the end decided to go ahead.
to treat someone badly and unfairly:
I have my pride, you know. They can't kick me around.
to be in a place doing things but without any firm plans [= knock around]:
He kicked around India for a few months.
to be left in a place untidily or forgotten:
There's a copy of the report kicking around somewhere.
kick backphrasal verb
Your waitress will take your order while you kick back and enjoy the game.
kick inphrasal verb
to start or to begin to have an effect:
The storm is expected to kick in shortly after sunrise.
The painkillers kicked in and he became sleepy.
to join with others in giving money or help [= chip in]:
Bill never wants to kick in.
We were each asked to kick in 50 cents toward the cost.
to injure someone badly by kicking them:
He threatened to come round and kick my head in.
to kick a locked door so hard that it breaks open:
We had to get the police to kick the door in.
kick offphrasal verb
if a meeting, event, or a football game kicks off, it starts:
What time does the laser show kick off?
The match kicks off at noon.
kick off with
The series kicked off with an interview with Brando.
if you kick off a discussion, meeting, event etc, you start it:
OK Marion, would you care to kick off?
kick something ↔ off (with something)
I'm going to kick off today's meeting with a few remarks about the budget.
to remove someone from a team or group:
Joe was kicked off the committee for stealing funds.
4 American English informal
5 British English spoken
if a fight kicks off, people start fighting:
I think it might kick off in here with all these football fans around.
kick somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
Bernard's wife kicked him out.
kick somebody ↔ out of
He was kicked out of the golf club.