- 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.
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Origin of Kick
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.
Middle English kiken perhaps of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Shortening of kick the bucket
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