• "The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman."
    "The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kick express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness "My mother complains all day","She has a lot to kick about"
    • v kick make a goal "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"
    • v kick stop consuming "kick a habit","give up alcohol"
    • v kick strike with the foot "The boy kicked the dog","Kick the door down"
    • v kick spring back, as from a forceful thrust "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"
    • v kick drive or propel with the foot
    • v kick thrash about or strike out with the feet
    • v kick kick a leg up
    • n kick the act of delivering a blow with the foot "he gave the ball a powerful kick","the team's kicking was excellent"
    • n kick 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"
    • n kick the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs) "a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick"
    • n kick informal terms for objecting "I have a gripe about the service here"
    • n kick the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
    • n kick the swift release of a store of affective force "they got a great bang out of it","what a boot!","he got a quick rush from injecting heroin","he does it for kicks"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Lebanon, Virginia it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
    • Kick A blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot. "A kick , that scarce would move a horse,
      May kill a sound divine."
    • Kick (Brickmaking) A projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick.
    • Kick A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a kick out of; as, I always get a kick out of watching an ice skater do a quadruple jump.
    • Kick The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
    • Kick The recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged.
    • Kick To complain strenuously; to object vigorously.
    • Kick To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities; as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.
    • Kick To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out of the apartment for making too much noise.
    • Kick (Football) To make a kick as an offensive play.
    • Kick To recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc.; also called kick back.
    • Kick To resist.
    • Kick (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they kicked three field goals in the game.
    • Kick To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. "He [Frederick the Great kicked the shins of his judges."
    • Kick To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. "I should kick , being kicked."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1050 some English boys looking for a diversion blew up an old cow bladder and began to kick it around. The new game would go on to be called soccer.
    • kick To give a thrust or blow to with the foot; strike with the foot: as, to kick a dog; to kick an obstruction out of one's way.
    • kick To strike in recoiling: as, an overloaded gun kicks the shoulder.
    • kick In printing, to operate or effect by impact of the foot on a treadle: used with relation to some kinds of small job-presses: as, to kick a Gordon press; to kick off a thousand impressions.
    • kick To sting, as a wasp. [Prov. Eng.]—
    • kick To reject, as a suitor; jilt. [Vulgar, southern U. S.]
    • kick To strike out with the foot; have the habit of striking with the foot: as, a horse that kicks.
    • kick To thrust out the foot with violence, as in wantonness, resistance, anger, or contempt.
    • kick Hence To manifest opposition or strong objection; offer resistance.
    • kick To recoil, as a musket or other firearm.—
    • kick To stammer.
    • n kick A blow or thrust with the foot.
    • n kick In foot-ball: The right of or a turn at kicking the ball, One who kicks or kicks off.
    • n kick The recoil of a firearm when discharged.
    • n kick A sudden and strong objection; unexpected resistance.
    • n kick The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket-knife by which the blade is prevented from striking the spring in the act of closing.
    • n kick A cleat or block on the stock-board of a brick-molders' bench, which serves to make a key in the brick.
    • n kick A die for bricks.
    • n kick Fashion; novelty; thing in vogue.
    • n kick The indentation or inner protuberance of a molded glass bottle.
    • n kick plural Trousers. [Slang, Eng.]
    • kick In cricket, to cause (the ball) after pitching to rise higher than usual: said of the bowler, and also of the ground or the wicket.
    • kick In cricket, to rise after being bowled higher than usual from the pitch; bump: said of the ball.
    • n kick In archery, the unsteady motion of an arrow at the beginning of its flight caused by the faulty drawing or loosing of the bow.
    • n kick In electricity, a high-voltage current or discharge of short duration appearing in inductive electric circuits when the conditions of the circuit are changed, especially when it is opened.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
    • v.t Kick kik to hit with the foot
    • v.i Kick to thrust out the foot with violence: to show opposition or resistance: (of a gun) to recoil violently (see also Bullet):
    • n Kick a blow with the foot: the turn of kicking the ball at football, the person who kicks or kicks off: the recoil of a gun:
    • v.i Kick (print.) to work a press by impact of the foot on a treadle
    • n Kick (slang) fashion
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  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • John Keats
    “I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.”
  • Walt Disney
    “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
  • Proverb
    “When someone is going downhill everyone likes to give them a kick.”


Alive and kicking - If something is active and doing well, it is alive and kicking. (It can be used for people too.)
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.
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.
For kicks - If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
Kick a habit - If you kick a habit, you stop doing it.
Kick away the ladder - If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone.
Kick in the teeth - Bad news or a sudden disappointment are a kick in the teeth.
Kick into gear - If something kicks into gear, it gets going or started.
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.
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.
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.
Kick the bucket - When someone kicks the bucket, they die.
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.
Kick up a stink - If you kick up a stink, you display anger about something.
Kick up your heels - (USA) If you kick up your heels, you go to parties or celebrate something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. cicio, fr. cic, foot


In literature:

From this point he is required without bending the knees to kick the ball out of the way.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Put it on the floor if you can, and kick it under the seat ahead.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
He kicked and kicked away utterly regardless of his sister, and when she attempted to join him, he told her to wait till he was tired.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
The live thing, the thing that kicked, was never produced in any other way.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
That's right, Thurs, kick the chair over if it's in your way.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Dave was the first to kick the covers aside and get up, but Ben followed immediately.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
The quartet had poor Blumpo down on his back and were kicking him as hard as they could.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
Percival would be kicked out of Garside, and he would be one of those who had helped to kick him out.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
She kicked off her wooden shoes!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Hawks lay down on his bunk and kicked his feet into the air joyfully.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

With others she has wilful ways.
She will be cross with John for days,
Will kick and squeal, will show much spite,
And very often try to bite.
"Biting" by Mary Tourtel
'Even should you fly to his arms, I'll damn
Opinion, and fetch you; treat as sham
Your mutinous kicks,
And whip you home. That's the sort I am!'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
But, when he came to know me well,
He kicked me out, her testy Sire:
And when I stained my hair, that Belle
Might note the change and this admire
"Theme With Variations" by Lewis Carroll
From salt-lipped beak to the kick of the stern
Sing how the seal has kissed her dead!
The long, laid minute's bride drifts on
Old in her cruel bed.
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
JOHN lay on the ground, and he roared like mad
(For JOHNNY was sore perplexed),
And he kicked very hard at a very small lad
(Which I often do, when vexed).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The question, gentlemen—is one of liquor.
You ask for guidance—this is my reply:
He says, when tipsy, he would thrash and kick her.
Let's make him tipsy, gentlemen, and try!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

He also punted for an average of 32.8 yards a kick for the Bluejays .
Blue Water Film Festival Kicks Off.
I want an album filled with surprise, with major shifts in style and fun, kick-ass fun.
The Michigan Tech women's soccer team kept knocking on Tiffin's door Sunday until Katie Boardman finally kicked it down.
Two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn kicked a few soccer balls around with Bolivia's President Evo Morales.
With TV's spring lineup kicking off, there may be hope for contemporary portrayals of working women on TV.
Bryant kicks another game-winner, booting 55-yarder to lead perfect Falcons past Raiders 23-20.
Badminton's governing body kicked four women's doubles teams out of the Olympics for trying to lose.
Prior to kicking off major tours, the Rolling Stones like to play an intimate club date to get a feel for an audience once again.
This summer, one indulgent way to kick back is with these frozen treats.
Boreal Mountain Resort has officially kicked off the ski and snowboarding season by opening one lift and one run Friday afternoon.
Boreal kicked off the "official" start of the ski and snowboard season on Friday morning.
It's about an half hour until our first area team hits the floor at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, as Class A kicks off with No.
And today, they'll kick off the 2012 high school football season with Part 2 of their special preseason video clips.
Kid Rock Kicks Off Brash , All-American Tour.

In science:

In this example, DE T does not reveal the nonlinear relation, because the rapidly fluctuation in y kicks away the reconstructed phase-space tra jectory from the parallel running to the tra jectory of x.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
To prove that such a lack of knowledge will almost surely lead to decoherence, let us assume that the phase kicks θ are independent and identically distributed with probability distribution P (θ).
Exploiting Randomness in Quantum Information Processing
This then leads us to consider correlated phase kicks.
Exploiting Randomness in Quantum Information Processing
FIG. 4: The curved line in this graph shows the 1/r kick from a point source.
Observations of cluster substructure using weakly lensed sextupole moments
The orientation that results from an induced kick is at 0o ; the orientation that occurs naturally, and would be present for example in a bi-Gaussian distribution is oriented at 45o .
Observations of cluster substructure using weakly lensed sextupole moments