Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “kick”

kick

verb [T]
 
 
/kɪk/
kick sth into touch (also kick sth into the long grass) UK to decide not to deal with a problem, or not deal with it immediately: They decided to kick the idea of introducing a congestion charge into touch.
kick the tyres UK ( US kick the tires) to try something or examine it carefully before you buy it: Come and kick the tires on this latest version of the software.
kick sb upstairs informal to give someone a new job that seems more powerful but is really less powerful, usually in order to stop them causing trouble for you: He was a lousy salesman, so he was kicked upstairs to a desk job.
kick sth upstairs informal to send information or a decision to someone in a higher position: We didn't have the authority to hire anyone, so the whole matter was kicked upstairs.
→ See also tire kicker, kick sth around, kick back, kick sth back, kick in, kick sth in, kick off, kick sth off, kick sb out
(Definition of kick from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of kick?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “kick” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

long time no see

said when you meet someone who you haven't seen for a long period of time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More