kick

Primary Meanings of kick

1.
vn
drive or propel with the foot
the act of delivering a blow with the foot
2.
vn
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
the swift release of a store of affective force
3.
vn
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
informal terms for objecting
4.
v
stop consuming
Full Definitions of kick
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v drive or propel with the foot

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drop-kick, dropkick
drop and kick (a ball) as it touches the ground, as for a field goal
place-kick
kick (a ball) from a stationary position, in football
drop-kick, dropkick
make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick
punt
kick the ball
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v strike with the foot

“The boy kicked the dog”
Kick the door down”
Types:
scuff
poke at with the foot or toe
boot
kick; give a boot to
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v make a goal

“He kicked the extra point after touchdown”
Types:
place-kick
score (a goal) by making a place kick
Type of:
hit, rack up, score, tally
gain points in a game

v thrash about or strike out with the feet

Type of:
strike out
make a motion as with one's fist or foot towards an object or away from one's body

v kick a leg up

Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

n the act of delivering a blow with the foot

“he gave the ball a powerful kick
“the team's kicking was excellent”
Synonyms:
boot, kicking
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goal-kick
(association football) a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line
goal-kick
(rugby) an attempt to kick a goal
punt, punting
(football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
place kick, place-kicking
(sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
dropkick
(football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
free kick
(soccer) a place kick that is allowed for a foul or infringement by the other team
kickoff
(football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

“the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements”
Synonyms:
kicking
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swimming kick
a movement of the legs in swimming
flutter kick
a swimming kick; the legs are moved rapidly up and down without bending the knees
frog kick
a swimming kick; knees are drawn upward and outward so the legs can be brought together when fully extended
dolphin kick
a swimming kick; an up and down kick of the feet together
scissors kick
a kick used in the sidestroke; legs are brought together in a scissoring motion
thrash
a swimming kick used while treading water
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location
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v spring back, as from a forceful thrust

“The gun kicked back into my shoulder”
Synonyms:
kick back, recoil
Type of:
bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
spring back; spring away from an impact

n the swift release of a store of affective force

“he does it for kicks
Synonyms:
bang, boot, charge, flush, rush, thrill
Type of:
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

n the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

Synonyms:
recoil
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)

“a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick
Type of:
input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus
any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
3

v express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

“She has a lot to kick about”
Synonyms:
complain, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
Antonyms:
cheer, cheer up, chirk up
become cheerful
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hen-peck, nag, peck
bother persistently with trivial complaints
backbite, bitch
say mean things
grizzle, whine, yammer, yawp
complain whiningly
croak, gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
grouch, grumble, scold
show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
protest
utter words of protest
repine
express discontent
beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
complain
inveigh, rail
complain bitterly
bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament
regret strongly
report
complain about; make a charge against
bleat
talk whiningly
declaim, inveigh
speak against in an impassioned manner

n informal terms for objecting

Synonyms:
beef, bitch, gripe, squawk
Type of:
objection
the speech act of objecting
4

v stop consuming

kick a habit”
Synonyms:
give up
Type of:
dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive
do without or cease to hold or adhere to

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