Kick-off



[kik] /kɪk/

verb (used with object)
1.
to strike with the foot or feet:
to kick the ball; to kick someone in the shins.
2.
to drive, force, make, etc., by or as if by kicks.
3.
Football. to score (a field goal or a conversion) by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball.
4.
Informal. to make (a car) increase in speed, especially in auto racing:
He kicked his car into high gear.
5.
to strike in recoiling:
The gun kicked his shoulder.
6.
Slang. to give up or break (a drug addiction):
Has he kicked the habit?
7.
Poker. (def 24).
8.
Chiefly South Atlantic States. to reject as a suitor; jilt:
He courted her for two years—then she kicked him.
verb (used without object)
9.
to make a rapid, forceful thrust with the foot or feet:
He kicked at the ball. You have to kick rapidly when using a crawl stroke.
10.
to have a tendency to strike with the foot or feet:
That horse kicks when you walk into his stall.
11.
Informal. to resist, object, or complain:
What’s he got to kick about?
12.
to recoil, as a firearm when fired.
13.
to be actively or vigorously involved:
He’s still alive and kicking.
14.
kick upstairs, (def 8).
noun
15.
the act of kicking; a blow or thrust with the foot or feet.
16.
power or disposition to kick:
That horse has a mean kick.
17.
Informal. an objection or complaint.
18.
Informal.

19.
Informal.

20.
Football.

21.
a recoil, as of a gun.
22.
Slang. a pocket:
He kept his wallet in his side kick.
23.
kicks, Slang. (def 1).
24.
Glassmaking.

Verb phrases
25.
kick about, to move from place to place frequently:
He kicked about a good deal before settling down.
26.
kick around, Informal.

27.
kick back,

28.
kick in,

29.
kick off,

30.
kick on, to switch on; turn on:
He kicked on the motor and we began to move.
31.
kick out, Informal.

32.
kick over, Informal. (of an internal-combustion engine) to begin ignition; turn over:
The engine kicked over a few times but we couldn’t get it started.
33.
kick up,

Idioms
34.
kick ass, Slang: Vulgar.

Also, Slang, kick butt.
35.
kick in the ass, Slang: Vulgar. (def 36a).
36.
kick in the pants, Informal.

37.
kick in the teeth, an abrupt, often humiliating setback; rebuff:
Her refusal even to talk to me was a kick in the teeth.
38.
kick over the traces. 2 (def 3).
39.
kick the bucket, Slang. (def 15).
40.
kick the tin, Australian. to give a donation; contribute.
[kik-awf, -of] /ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
Football. a place kick or a drop kick from the 40-yard line of the team kicking at the beginning of the first and third periods or after the team kicking has scored a touchdown or field goal.
2.
Soccer. a kick that puts a stationary ball into play from the center line of the field at the start of a quarter or after a goal has been scored.
3.
the initial stage of something; start; beginning:
the campaign kickoff.
/kɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to drive or impel with the foot
2.
(transitive) to hit with the foot or feet
3.
(intransitive) to strike out or thrash about with the feet, as in fighting or swimming
4.
(intransitive) to raise a leg high, as in dancing
5.
(of a gun, etc) to recoil or strike in recoiling when fired
6.
(transitive) (rugby)

7.
(transitive) (soccer) to score (a goal) by a kick
8.
(intransitive) (athletics) to put on a sudden spurt
9.
(intransitive) to make a sudden violent movement
10.
(intransitive) (cricket) (of a ball) to rear up sharply
11.
(informal) (intransitive) sometimes foll by against. to object or resist
12.
(intransitive) (informal) to be active and in good health (esp in the phrase alive and kicking)
13.
(informal) to change gear in (a car, esp a racing car): he kicked into third and passed the bigger car
14.
(transitive) (informal) to free oneself of (an addiction, etc): to kick heroin, to kick the habit
15.
kick against the pricks, See prick (sense 20)
16.
kick into touch

17.
kick one’s heels, to wait or be kept waiting
18.
kick over the traces, See trace2 (sense 3)
19.
(slang) kick the bucket, to die
20.
(informal) kick up one’s heels, to enjoy oneself without inhibition
noun
21.
a thrust or blow with the foot
22.
any of certain rhythmic leg movements used in swimming
23.
the recoil of a gun or other firearm
24.
(informal) a stimulating or exciting quality or effect (esp in the phrases get a kick out of or for kicks)
25.
(athletics) a sudden spurt, acceleration, or boost
26.
a sudden violent movement
27.
(informal) the sudden stimulating or intoxicating effect of strong alcoholic drink or certain drugs
28.
(informal) power or force
29.
(slang) a temporary enthusiasm: he’s on a new kick every week
30.
(slang) kick in the pants

31.
(slang) kick in the teeth, a humiliating rebuff
n.

also kickoff, kick off, 1857, “first kick in a football match,” from kick (v.) + off. Figurative sense of “start, beginning event” is from 1875.
v.

late 14c., “to strike out with the foot” (earliest in biblical phrase now usually rendered as kick against the pricks), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse kikna “bend backwards, sink at the knees.” “The doubts OED has about the Scandinavian origin of kick are probably unfounded” [Liberman]. Related: Kicked; kicking.

Figurative sense of “complain, protest, rebel against” (late 14c.) probably is from the Bible verse. Slang sense of “die” is attested from 1725 (kick the wind was slang for “be hanged,” 1590s; see also bucket). Meaning “to end one’s drug habit” is from 1936. Kick in “contribute” is from 1908; kick out “expel” is from 1690s. To kick oneself in self-reproach is from 1891. The children’s game of kick the can is attested from 1891.
n.

1520s, from kick (v.). Meaning “recoil (of a gun) when fired” is from 1826. Meaning “surge or fit of pleasure” (often as kicks) is from 1941; originally literally, “stimulation from liquor or drugs” (1844). The kick “the fashion” is c.1700.

noun

verb

Related Terms

get a kick out of someone or something, on a roll, sidekick

[pocket sense fr late 17thcentury kicks, ”breeches”]

modifier

: kickoff dinner/ kickoff speech

noun

The beginning; inauguration: He planned the kickoff of his campaign for Texas (1875+)

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