a starter, as of a motorcycle, that operates by a downward kick on a pedal.
- Kick stick
noun phrase A marijuana cigarette (1960s+ Narcotics)
modifier Angry and frustrated: puts the IRS in a surly, kick-the-cat mood [1990s+; fr the image of one who kicks the cat when the real target of anger is unknown or unreachable]
- Kick the habit
see: kick a habit
- Kick the tires
verb phrase To make a quick and superficial inspection; do cursory checking: simplistic agrarian vision bought by the war-weary nation without kicking the tires/ has asked PC Magazine to kick the tires and slam the doors [1970s+; fr such an examination made while appraising a car]