Other forms: kicked; kicking; kicks

Definitions of kick
  1. verb
    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
    kick (a ball) from a stationary position, in football
    drop-kick, dropkick
    make the point after a touchdown with a dropkick
    kick the ball
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    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  2. verb
    strike with the foot
    “The boy kicked the dog”
    Kick the door down”
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    poke at with the foot or toe
    kick; give a boot to
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    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  3. verb
    make a goal
    “He kicked the extra point after touchdown”
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    score (a goal) by making a place kick
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
  4. verb
    thrash about or strike out with the feet
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    strike out
    make a motion as with one's fist or foot towards an object or away from one's body
  5. verb
    kick a leg up
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    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
  6. noun
    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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    (association football) a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line
    (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
    (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
    (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  7. noun
    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
    a swimming kick used while treading water
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    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  8. verb
    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    “The gun kicked back into my shoulder”
    synonyms: kick back, recoil
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    bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  9. noun
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    “he does it for kicks
    synonyms: bang, boot, charge, flush, rush, thrill
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    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  10. noun
    the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
    synonyms: recoil
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  11. noun
    the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)
    “a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick
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    input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  12. verb
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    “She has a lot to kick about”
    synonyms: complain, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
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    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
    utter words of protest
    express discontent
    beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
    inveigh, rail
    complain bitterly
    bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament
    regret strongly
    complain about; make a charge against
    talk whiningly
    declaim, inveigh
    speak against in an impassioned manner
  13. noun
    informal terms for objecting
    synonyms: beef, bitch, gripe, squawk
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    the speech act of objecting
  14. verb
    stop consuming
    kick a habit”
    synonyms: give up
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    dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to




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