American English

Definition of kick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a movement with the foot or the leg, usually to hit something with the foot the first kick of the game She gave him a kick on the shin. He aimed a kick at the dog. If the door won't open, give it a kick. (slang) She needs a kick in the pants (= she needs to be strongly encouraged to do something or to behave better). see also free kick, penalty kick
  2. 2(informal) a strong feeling of excitement and pleasure synonym thrill Iget a kick out of driving fast cars. He gets his kicks from hurting other people. What do you do for kicks?
  3. 3[usually singular] (informal) the strong effect that a drug, an alcoholic drink, or spicy food has This drink has quite a kick.
  4. Idioms
    be on a health, cultural, etc. kick
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    to have a particular temporary interest or enthusiasm She’s been on a jogging kick for the past few weeks.
    a kick in the teeth (informal)
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    a great disappointment; something that hurts someone or something emotionally The job losses are a kick in the teeth for the union.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: kick