kick around

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kick around discuss lightly "We bandied around these difficult questions"
    • v kick around treat badly; abuse "They won't have me to kick around any more!"
    • v kick around be around; be alive or active "Does the old man still kick around?"
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Usage

In literature:

Every time I think of it I feel like kicking myself around the block.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
But a boy who cannot kick a ball around has no chance of growing up a decent and orderly citizen.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Violet tumbled her box of blocks on the floor and began kicking them around.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
He lashed out in a writhing, kicking flurry that almost cleared the space around them.
"Devil Crystals of Arret" by Hal K. Wells
They were over him and around him, slugging, kicking, and pushing.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
I've kicked around the System enough to know how that works.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
Then they danced the scalp dance around him for three hours, the while they kicked him, and beat him with sticks.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
But what I do kick about is this everlasting spying around all the time.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
The bullets kicked up spurts of sand around him.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
She swiveled around on her hips and a rag-bound foot kicked him unconcernedly in the side.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
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In poetry:

When Bryan speaks, the town's a hive.
From miles around, the autos drive.
The sparrow chirps. The rooster crows.
The place is kicking and alive.
"When Bryan Speaks" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

On Wednesday, June 20th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, New Jersey, will kick off the first official day of summer with a walk-around tasting that showcases 12 "must have" wines for the 2012 summer season.
You may or may not remember the days of Walkmans, but the music players are still kicking around.
At five hospitals around Wisconsin Thursday, the March of Dimes kicks off an awareness campaign aimed at educating the public about problems associated with babies born prematurely.
Aeros kick ball around, lose 4-2 to Bowie .
It's official: We won't have INXS to kick around anymore.
Well, you can stop wishing and start planning – because kicking around for way, way, way too long with no worries is a lot easier than you think.
There's good news and bad news kicking around this weekend.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) --The holiday shopping season doesn't officially kick off until Thursday but some people around the Valley are already lining up for those Black Friday bargains.
ATLANTA — The NFL replacement refs are not there to kick around anymore.
This year, kick off the Christmas season with love for those around you.
A parade kicked off around 4:30 from the fire house to Pulaski Park.
The 5-year-old kid who came to town in November 1937 has stayed around and is still alive and kicking.
Today's is going to be a nice to kick around my neighborhood.
COLUMBIA — Children spun around like fans while throwing kicks into the air.
The Premier Development League season kicked off around these parts with a bunch of ties -- and one very intriguing storyline.
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In science:

For q 6= 1, the size of the random kicks changes, depending on the distribution of the particles around the “test” particle. A particle which is in a region that is highly populated [large ρ(r, t)] will tend to have larger kicks if q > 1 and smaller kicks if q < 1.
Nonlinear mean field Fokker-Planck equations. Application to the chemotaxis of biological populations
To enforce this, we require some exit mechanism to kick in around φ = 5 MP , ending inflation.
Trispectrum versus Bispectrum in Single-Field Inflation
When both mass–loss and a kick is included, we find a prompt flare, followed by a nearly steady luminosity, reduced by around 15% from the kick–only case.
Hydrodynamical Response of a Circumbinary Gas Disk to Black Hole Recoil and Mass Loss
Note that the blue dots (low mode strength regions) around 2.5a between the zig-zags actually show the moments that the newly kicked out stream reaches the radial coordinate (but is distant in azimuth) of the lump, so that it smooths the m = 1 mode at that radius.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
The measured transverse kicks to the beam in case of breakdown are distributed around 0.16 ± 0.08 mrad or 29 ± 14 keV/c and such magnitude can be taken as worst case scenario in which the lack of acceleration does not contribute to the kick of the beam orbit.
Effects of RF breakdown on the beam in a CLIC prototype accelerator structure
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