Word of the Day: kick

Word of the Day
July 13, 2016
kick (verb, noun)
/kɪk/  sound icon
Getting ready to kick a soccer ball
To kick means 'to hit with the foot' or 'to make quick and sudden movements with the feet.' In sports, such as football, kick means to score a goal. Informally, with at or againstkick means 'to resist or rebel against something.' As a noun, a kick is not only the act of kicking, but also something that excites and gives pleasure. It is also a stimulating quality in an alcoholic drink or drug or spiciness in food.


Example sentences
Simon kicked his attacker before running away.
The little boy sat on a chair, kicking his feet angrily.
Olivia is a free spirit and always kicks against the rules.
The karate black belt landed a kick on her opponent.
Jeremy gets a real kick out of learning new words.
That curry has quite a kick to it!


Words often used with kick
alive and kicking: alive and well. Example: "I thought that actor had died years ago, but apparently he's still alive and kicking!"
kick the bucket (colloquial): die. Example: "The old man's relatives were just waiting for him to kick the bucket so they could get their hands on his money."
kick your heels: to be kept waiting with nothing to do. Example: "We couldn't make any progress on the project until we had all the information, so we were just kicking our heels until it arrived."
kick over the traces (UK): to break free of control. Example: "The government had abused its power for too long and the people finally kicked over the traces and revolted."
Multi-word forms
kick around: to wander aimlessly. Example: "Emma's friends were all away and she spent the day kicking around the park by herself."
kick something around: to discuss. Example: "We held a meeting to kick around a few ideas about the staff changes."
kick back: to relax. Example: "Now that all the preparations are finished, we can kick back and relax a bit."
Did you know?
Kick can also have the meaning of freeing yourself from an addiction or something similar. Example: "Linda used to be a heavy smoker, but she kicked the habit five years ago and she hasn't had a cigarette since."
Other forms
kicker (noun)
Nobody really knows where the word kick came from, but it dates back to the late 14th century. The Middle English verb kiken gave way to the verb as we know it today, and soon after, the noun.
Kick in other languages
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