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"kick" in British English

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kickverb

uk   /kɪk/  us   /kɪk/
A1 [I or T] to ​hit someone or something with the ​foot, or to ​move the ​feet and ​legssuddenly 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.
[I] If a ​gun kicks, it ​jumps back ​suddenly and with ​force when the ​gun is fired.
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 ​sellingtheirshares too early.

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kicknoun

uk   /kɪk/  us   /kɪk/
  • kick noun (HIT)

A2 [C] the ​action of kicking something: He gave the ​ball a good kick.

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  • kick noun (STRONG FEELING)

C2 [C] a ​strongfeeling of ​excitement and ​pleasure: I get areal kick out ofwinning a ​race. He was ​stealingstuff just for kicks (= because he ​thought it was ​exciting).
[C usually singular] informal the ​strongeffect of an ​alcoholicdrink: Watch out for the ​fruitpunch, it has a real kick.
  • kick noun (INTEREST)

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

"kick" in American English

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kickverb [I/T]

 us   /kɪk/
to ​hit someone or something with the ​foot, or to move the ​feet and ​legssuddenly and ​violently: [T] I kicked the ​ball as hard as I could. [I] I kicked at the ​leaves, hoping to ​find the ​ring I ​dropped.

kicknoun

 us   /kɪk/
  • kick noun (EXCITEMENT)

[C] a ​strongfeeling of ​excitement and ​pleasure: We got a kick out of that show.
  • kick noun (INTEREST)

[C usually sing] a new ​interest, esp. one that does not last ​long: He’s been on an ​exercise kick ​lately.
(Definition of kick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"kick" in Business English

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kickverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​deskjob.
kick sth upstairs informal
to ​sendinformation or a decision to someone in a ​higherposition: We didn't have the ​authority to ​hire anyone, so the whole matter was kicked upstairs.
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(Definition of kick from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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