The word ‘kick‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, it involves striking a person/object with your foot or quitting a habit/addiction.

For example:

  • Ronaldo kicked the ball into the back of the net. (striking a person/object with your foot)
  • I’ve kicked the booze for good this time. (quitting a habit/addiction)

Kick is a regular verb. The past tense is kicked and the past participle is kicked. I’ll give you an example sentence of each tense:

  • I always kick my sister when she’s mean to me. (present)
  • He kicked the car door so hard that it broke. (past)
  • I will kick my smoking habit this year. (future)

idioms with kick

verb phrases - kick

alive and kicking

meaning – in good health, active
example – I didn’t think the injured baby owl would survive. Four days on and it’s alive and kicking.

kick idioms - alive and kicking

get a kick out of something

meaning – to enjoy something/get pleasure out of something
example – I really get a kick out of fishing; I’ve been twice this week already.

verb phrase - get a kick out of something

kick in the teeth

meaning – emphasising disappointment
example – Losing 1-0 in the 92nd minute was a real kick in the teeth for County.

Idioms with verbs - KICK - kick in the teeth

kick into touch

meaning – stop something happening/succeeding
example – Our plans for a new home have been kicked into touch now I’m unemployed.

kick into touch meaning and example

kick off

meaning – the start of an event/activity or start arguing/fighting
example – I’m leaving work at 6, so I’ll be back in time for kick off.

kick off meaning and example

kick oneself

meaning – be annoyed at yourself for doing something silly/missing an opportunity
example – We kicked ourselves when we realised we mixed up the flight dates.

Idioms with verbs - KICK - kick oneself

kick someone off/out of something

meaning – force someone to leave a group/team/committee/building etc.
example – Josh was kicked out of the AA meeting for turning up drunk.

kick someone off/out of something

kick something around

meaning – discuss ideas
example – The meeting went on forever. We were kicking around ideas but couldn’t agree on anything.

verb phrase - kick something around

kick the bucket

meaning – die
example – When I kick the bucket, I’ll leave you my record collection.

kick idioms - kick the bucket

kick the habit

meaning – stop doing something harmful/addictive
example – Noah was addicted to crack for years. He’s finally kicked the habit.

kick idioms - kick the habit

kick to the curb

meaning – dismiss/abandon/humiliate someone/something
example – Helen has been working for Carson for 30 years and he just kicked her to the curb.

verb phrase - kick to the curb

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