- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to hit somebody/something with your foot kick (somebody/something) She was punched and kicked by her attackers. Stop kicking—it hurts! kick somebody/something + adv./prep./adj. The boys were kicking a ball around in the yard. Vandals had kicked the door down.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] kick (something) to move your legs as if you were kicking something The dancers kicked their legs in the air. The child was dragged away, kicking and screaming.
- 3[transitive] kick yourself (informal) to be annoyed with yourself because you have done something stupid, missed an opportunity, etc. He'll kick himself when he finds out he could have had the job.
- 4[transitive] kick something (in sports such as football (soccer ) and rugby) to score points by kicking the ball to kick a penalty/goal See related entries: Soccer Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples Abe roared and kicked over a table. Don’t kick the ball too hard. Foster admitted punching and kicking the man repeatedly. He had been smoking for fifteen years and wanted to kick the habit. He rolled over in the sand, kicking wildly. He was sent off for deliberately kicking an Italian player. I could kick myself for being so stupid. I mentally kicked myself for missing such an opportunity. I tried to dive back under, kicking with my legs. I was carried upstairs, arms waving and legs kicking. Marcia gently kicked the horse again to make it trot. She could feel the baby kicking against her stomach wall. She kicked at the loose pebbles by the roadside. She kicked me on the knee. Suddenly the far door was kicked open. The horse kicked out at the dog. The little boy was now lying on his back kicking his legs in the air. The police had to drag her kicking and screaming out of the house. They dropped their bags in the front hall and kicked off their shoes. They threw him to the ground and kicked him hard in the stomach. Young people often kick against convention.Idioms very active, healthy or popular See related entries: Good health
- 1to act in a way that is aggressive or full of energy
- 2to succeed or win in an impressive way
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BrE BrE//kɪk//; NAmE NAmE//kɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kick
BrE BrE//kɪk//; NAmE NAmE//kɪk//he / she / it kicks
BrE BrE//kɪks//; NAmE NAmE//kɪks//past simple kicked
BrE BrE//kɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//kɪkt//past participle kicked
BrE BrE//kɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//kɪkt//-ing form kicking
BrE BrE//ˈkɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪkɪŋ//Soccer
(informal) to hit somebody/something very hard He was a dirty player and loved to kick hell out of the opposition.