An example of a kick is a strike to a soccer ball with one foot.
Kicked the wall in frustration.
The rifle kicked my shoulder when I fired it.
An example of to kick is to send a soccer ball into the goal.
The powerful rifle kicked upon being fired.
Kick a ball.
A rifle with a heavy kick.
A car engine with a lot of kick.
I'm on a science fiction kick.
His tee shot kicked off to the right.
He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick.
Kick the ball into the goal.
He was kicked by ChanServ for flooding.
By taking that medication, he managed to get his triggered phobia of heights kicked.
I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
The car had a nasty kick the whole way.
The pool ball took a wild kick, up off the table.
A long kick up the field.
- To take forceful or harsh measures to achieve an objective.
- To die.
- To free oneself of an addiction, as to narcotics or cigarettes.
- To cast off one's inhibitions and have a good time.
- To promote to a higher yet less desirable position.
- to treat roughly
- to move from place to place
- to lie about unnoticed or forgotten
- to think about or discuss informally
- to use power or authority, as to force others into achieving a goal or goals
- to punish, treat roughly, etc.
- to recoil suddenly and in an unexpected way
- to give back (money) as a kickback
- to shift to a lower gear
- to pay (one's share)
- to take effect
- to put a football into play with a kickoff
- to start (a campaign, etc.)
- to die
- to depart; leave
- to begin operating
- to blame oneself severely
- to get rid of; expel; dismiss
- to make a kick out of bounds
- to start up; turn over: said of an internal-combustion engine
- to put off doing something unpleasant or burdensome until a future time; procrastinate
- to raise by kicking
- to make or cause (trouble, confusion, etc.)
- to promote to a nominally higher level so as to be rid of on a lower, but more effective, level, as in a corporation
- currently enthusiastic about a particular activity
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of kick
- Middle English kiken perhaps of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English kiken (“to strike out with the foot”), probably from Old Norse kikna (“to sink at the knees”) and keikja (“to bend backwards”) (compare Old Norse keikr (“bent backwards, the belly jutting forward”)), from Proto-Germanic *kaik-, *kaikaz (“bent backwards”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kī-, *kij- (“to split, dodge, swerve sidewards”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeyǝ- (“to sprout, shoot”). Compare also Dutch kijken (“to look”), Middle Low German kīken (“to look, watch”). See keek.
- Shortening of kick the bucket