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  • verb To make the first kick in a game or part of a game.
  • verb idiomatic To start; to launch.
  • verb idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic To die or quit permanently.
  • verb idiomatic To shut down or turn off suddenly.
  • verb US, idiomatic, slang To force the weaning of a bovine cow's calf by restricting the calf's access to its mother's udders. Used figuratively or literally.
  • verb UK, idiomatic, colloquial To be overcome with anger, to start an argument or a fight.


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  • Begin v. die.

    May 24, 2008

  • frindley says: when the revolution comes I will ban all use of this phrase outside sporting contexts. If another arts marketer tells me that their romantic concert of baroque arias or exhibition of Chinese porcelain will "kick off", I will most likely kick something.

    Sorry if I sound twitter and blistered. Just needed to get that out of my system.

    April 27, 2011

  • I thought somebody had a list of sports metaphors that have unfortunately escaped their containment vessels.

    April 27, 2011

  • Thanks for warning me. That's a list I should avoid!

    April 27, 2011

  • To kick off

    March 6, 2013