kicking

Definitions

  • "The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman."
    "The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kicking the act of delivering a blow with the foot "he gave the ball a powerful kick","the team's kicking was excellent"
    • n kicking a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics "the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements","the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army Northcroft kicking the field goal anticipated by the Navy and feared by the Army
Vic Kennard's kick Vic Kennard's kick
Sammy Steele's Mule Kicked the Boy Sammy Steele's Mule Kicked the Boy
Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks
THE TIGER "RAJAH" KICKED BY THE QUAGGA THE TIGER "RAJAH" KICKED BY THE QUAGGA
THE KICK WHEEL THE KICK WHEEL

Quotations

  • Graffiti
    Graffiti
    “Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.”
  • Donald Trump
    Donald%20Trump
    “Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.”
  • Walter Winchell
    Walter Winchell
    “Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “When someone is going downhill everyone likes to give them a kick.”
  • William Faulkner
    William%20Faulkner
    “A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

Idioms

Alive and kicking - If something is active and doing well, it is alive and kicking. (It can be used for people too.)
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Better than a kick in the teeth - If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
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Don't stop and kick at every dog that barks at you - (USA) If we stop to kick at every dog that barks at us we will never arrive at our destination in life, because we are obsessed with righting insignifigant wrongs that should have no more effect on us then a dog that barks as we walk by.
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For kicks - If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
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Kick a habit - If you kick a habit, you stop doing it.
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Kick away the ladder - If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone.
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Kick in the teeth - Bad news or a sudden disappointment are a kick in the teeth.
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Kick into gear - If something kicks into gear, it gets going or started.
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Kick over the traces - Kicking over the traces is wild rebellious behaviour or being out of control. It comes from when a horse in harness got a rear leg over the traces, which attach it to the vehicle, it started pulling and became uncontrollable.
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Kick something into the long grass - If an issue or problem is kicked into the long grass, it is pushed aside and hidden in the hope that it will be forgotten or ignored.
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Kick the ballistics - It means you realise the intensity of a situation. For example, there is too much unemployment now, so the prime minister must kick the ballistics and change his policy.
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Kick the bucket - When someone kicks the bucket, they die.
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Kick the can down the road - If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.
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Kick up a stink - If you kick up a stink, you display anger about something.
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Kick up your heels - (USA) If you kick up your heels, you go to parties or celebrate something.
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Usage

In literature:

Kick off, even dough you stick on like Chico.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
He also kicked a little, but, being very tired, soon fell asleep again.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
There's no kick coming to that.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Madame rushed at it and kicked it.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
For the School has to kick-off, and to kick-off against that wind is a hopeless business.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Savagely he battled at the center of the mob, hitting, kicking, biting.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
I kicks up when I 'm riled.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
She talked to me, kicked a few times, got a drink, kicked, talked, stood up and stretched, kicked, talked, got another drink.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
He found it impossible to refuse (with a careless laugh) to say whether he had ever kicked a ball before.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
At the same instant Angel and I kicked him under cover of the table.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
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In poetry:

- I am a man of many sins,
Who for one virtue die,
Count Louis said.--They play at shins,
Who kick, was the reply.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
'Twas what ye'd call a nasty night,
An' 'twa''t no time to pick a fight,
Th' we struck th' zone;
Th' fog wuz settlin' purty thick —
Screws 'u'd race, an' buck, an' kick,
An' stays 'u'd creak an' groan.
"Signal Bill" by Burt Franklin Jenness
The little boy struggled and tugged at his hair,
But the lion was roused, and Old PAUL didn't care;
He smacked him, and whacked him, and boxed him, and kicked
Till the poor little beggar was royally licked.
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"O, never mind--the case will do,
If Walpole has been spoken to.
Like a philosopher, 'tis clear,
It rests with me to persevere;
Must stedfast hold, be silent still,
Though bullied, kick'd, and cuff'd at will."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
And the simple rabbits cried,
"The parsley smells like spring!"
And into the bag their noses slipped,
And Pussy pulled the string.
Only a kick, and a gasp for breath,
And, one by one, they were choked to death.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
This is the world; the lying likeness of
Our strips of stuff that tatter as we move
Loving and being loth;
The dream that kicks the buried from their sack
And lets their trash be honoured as the quick.
This is the world. Have faith.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Geneva filmmaker Jose Carlos Gomez gets a kick out of walking into a Walmart or a Meijer and seeing two of movies being sold on DVD.
Today kicks off the final weekend for the Estabrook Park beer garden this year.
40pm Wednesday night when the southeasterly trade winds kicked in at Teahupoo.
The regular-season kicked into full gear.
The start of the 67th General Assembly and the 2009 legislative session kicked off Wednesday morning amid pomp, circumstance and color.
I've arrived in the (mildly, at least today) Windy City to kick off our Week 4 FourFecta of NFC North coverage.
Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off.
Dawson kicked five field goals to account for all of the Browns' points.
The show kicks off on Friday, January 27th with the annual Black Tie Tailgate gala.
Liberty kicks off 2011 football season.
Fleecing the Cornhuskers Obamacare kicks Nebraskans in the wallet.
A Mezzo Kicks Up Her Heels in High Style.
From anger to panic, human nature kicks in when a patient faces an unknown medical diagnosis.
28th Street Metro Cruise kicks off.
Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) kicks the ball to score his second goal against Uruguay as his teammate Fernando Gago looks on during their 201.
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In science:

The algebra for a combination of two arbitrary kicks , one proportional to σy and the other proportional to σx , is very similar to the above.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
Triple kicks are also straightforward to solve analytically.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
The two-state system is kicked by a sharp pulse of strength α at time t1 and by an equal and opposite pulse at time t2 .
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
It may be shown analytically that for two kicks both proportional to σx , the order of the kicks does not change the final transfer probability P2 .
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
E 2 t− , which varies with the time separation of the two kicks.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
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