kick downstairs

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kick downstairs assign to a lower position; reduce in rank "She was demoted because she always speaks up","He was broken down to Sergeant"
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Usage

In literature:

Decidedly not; once received a kick on the top of a staircase, and fell downstairs of his own accord.
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
One little cherub seems to be kicking another little cherub downstairs.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
There is nothing, for instance, particularly undemocratic about kicking your butler downstairs.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He called kicking a footman downstairs a hint to the latter to leave his service.
"Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Be off, or I'll kick you downstairs!
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
But the Emperor simply kicked him downstairs.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
The soldiers kicked the man up and made him go downstairs into the front room.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
Robinson strongly counselled him to nail his colours to the mast, and kick Mr. Jones downstairs.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Pshaw, Anna would kick the coronet downstairs in three days and the owner after it.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
I bought nothing, and threatened to kick him downstairs, whereupon he went away of his own accord.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
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In news:

The Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop sound like the female half of Abba kicking Fernando downstairs in a drunken rage – or maybe Ace of Base if the sign they saw was flashing blue lights.
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