, kicks verb, intransitive
- To strike out with the foot or feet.
a. To score or gain ground by kicking a ball.
b. To punt in football.
c. To propel the body in swimming by moving the legs, as with a flutter kick or frog kick.
- To recoil: The powerful rifle kicked upon being fired.
a. To express negative feelings vigorously; complain.
b. To oppose by argument; protest.
- To strike with the foot.
- To propel by striking with the foot.
- To spring back against suddenly: The rifle kicked my shoulder when I fired it.
- Sports To score (a goal or point) by kicking a ball.
Phrasal Verbs: kick about
a. A vigorous blow with the foot.
b. Sports The motion of the legs that propels the body in swimming.
- A jolting recoil: a rifle with a heavy kick.
- Slang A complaint; a protest.
- Slang Power; force: a car engine with a lot of kick.
a. A feeling of pleasurable stimulation: got a kick out of the show.
b. kicks Fun: went bowling just for kicks.
- Slang Temporary, often obsessive interest: I'm on a science fiction kick.
- Slang A sudden, striking surprise; a twist.
a. The act or an instance of kicking a ball.
b. A kicked ball.
c. The distance spanned by a kicked ball.
To move from place to place. kick around Informal
To treat badly; abuse. To move from place to place: “spent the next three years in Italy, kicking around the country on a motor scooter” (Charles E. Claffey).
To give thought or consideration to; ponder or discuss. kick back
To recoil unexpectedly and violently. Informal
To take it easy; relax: kicked back at home and watched TV. Slang
To return (stolen items). Slang
To pay a kickback. kick in Informal
To contribute (one's share): kicked in a few dollars for the office party. Informal
To become operative or take effect: “His pituitary kicked in, and his growth was suddenly vertical” (Kenneth Browser). Slang
To die. kick off Sports
To begin or resume play with a kickoff. Informal
To begin; start: kicked off the promotional tour with a press conference. Slang
To die. kick out Slang
To throw out; dismiss. kick over
To begin to fire: The engine finally kicked over. kick up Informal
To increase in amount or force; intensify: A sandstorm kicked up while we drove through the desert.
To stir up (trouble): kicked up a row.
To show signs of disorder: His ulcer has kicked up again.
Origin: Middle English kiken
Origin: , perhaps of Scandinavian origin