Definitions

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  • v. To kick or strike so as to cause the object struck to collapse or fall inwards.
  • v. To start or connect suddenly.
  • v. To contribute, especially to a collection of money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. open violently
  • v. enter a particular state
  • v. contribute to some cause

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Examples

  • So that was another kick in the head for the Old Buzzard ...

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • Shelley's words were a kick in the stomach that made the twin-tub sensation feel like minor indigestion.

    Boiling a Frog

  • It would be easier to be sure of the element of surprise if he could just get across the front porch without being seen and kick in the front door — but Deever was watching out that way.

    Memory of Fire

  • On the way to the car, she stopped to give Tommy Sifakis a kick in the balls.

    The Big Nowhere

  • We're already seeing inflation start to flare, some of the recent commodities activity, and I just--I'm hoping that Mr. Obama's re-election ambitions kick in here and he says, I need to get this unemployment growth down, and also it's not going to help me if we've got $5-a-gallon gasoline next year, so forget the stimulus, forget the monetary creation.

    You Call This a Recovery?

  • ‘It was at night … You couldn’t see a thing … We were separated … There were shots and shouting and chases … I was hit in the chest and I started to run … A couple of cops grabbed me … I bit one of them and forced the other to let go with a kick in the guts …

    Maigret at the Crossroads

  • "You have only to kick in the door," he told Rundstedt,

    Barbarossa

  • Sometimes an ankle was nipped, and if Pellico's dog occasionally got a kick in return, it was not more than his due.

    The Fire Within

  • All you'll have to do is show up and fetch what ails them a good kick in the goolies, do a backflip or two, and everybody's happy.

    The Warslayer

  • I asked, giving Coelle a swift kick in the shins, which she also ignored.

    The 310: Boy Trouble

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