Kick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kicked p. pr. & vb. n. Kicking.]
1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.
He [Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his judges. --Macaulay.
To kick the beam, to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found wanting in weight. --Milton.
To kick the bucket, to lose one's life; to die. [Colloq. & Low]
To kick oneself, to experience strong regret; as, he kicked himself for not investing in the stock market in 1995.
Kick, v. i.
1. To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, (figuratively): To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn.
I should kick, being kicked. --Shak.
2. To recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc.; also called kick back.
1. A blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot.
A kick, that scarce would move a horse,
May kill a sound divine. --Cowper.
2. The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife.
3. Brickmaking A projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick.
4. The recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged.
n 1: the act of delivering a blow with the foot; "he gave the
ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was
excellent" [syn: boot, kicking]
2: the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a
great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick
rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn:
bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill]
3: the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired [syn: recoil]
4: informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the
service here" [syn: gripe, beef, bitch, squawk]
5: the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain
drugs); "a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful
6: a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or
calisthenics; "the kick must be synchronized with the arm
movements"; "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"
v 1: drive or propel with the foot
2: thrash about or strike out with the feet
3: strike with the foot; "The boy kicked the dog"; "Kick the
4: kick a leg up
5: spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back
into my shoulder" [syn: kick back, recoil]
6: stop consuming; "kick a habit"
7: make a goal; "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"
8: express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness;
"My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick
about" [syn: complain, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch]