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kick

verb uk   /kɪk/ us  
A1 [I or T] to hit someone or something with the foot, or to move the feet and legs suddenly and violently: I kicked the ball as hard as I could. He was accused of kicking a man in the face. She felt the baby kicking inside her.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain [I] If a gun kicks, it jumps back suddenly and with force when the gun is fired.Guns be kicking yourself/could have kicked yourself C2 used to say that you are very annoyed with yourself because you have done something stupid or missed a chance: When I realized what I'd done I could have kicked myself. They must be kicking themselves for selling their shares too early.Angry and displeasedBad-tempered

kick

noun uk   /kɪk/ us  

kick noun (HIT)

A2 [C] the action of kicking something: He gave the ball a good kick.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain

kick noun (STRONG FEELING)

C2 [C] a strong feeling of excitement and pleasure: I get a real kick out of winning a race. He decided to steal something from the shop, just for kicks (= because he thought it would be exciting).Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm [C usually singular] informal the strong effect of an alcoholic drink: Watch out for the fruit punch, it's got a real kick.Alcohol - general words

kick noun (INTEREST)

[C usually singular] informal a new interest, especially one that does not last long: He's on an exercise kick (= he exercises a lot) at the moment.Passionate or passing interests
(Definition of kick from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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