Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sharp reaction; a repercussion.
  • n. Slang A return of a percentage of a sum of money already received, typically as a result of pressure, coercion, or a secret agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clandestine payment in return for a favor; especially an illegal one
  • n. Recoil; a sudden backward motion, usually in the direction of the operator.
  • n. An accident wherein an object being cut by a rotating blade or disk, such as a circular saw, is caught by the blade and thrown outward
  • n. A dangerous buildup of gas pressure at the wellhead
  • n. The board separating one bowling lane from another at the pit end
  • n. In contract bridge, an ace asking convention initiated by the first step above four of the agreed trump suit.
  • n. A feature that saves the ball from draining and propels it back into play.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. recoil, of a gun or machine, as in older automobile engines when started by turning a crank.
  • n. A secret, and usually illegal, payment, by a recipient of money paid for goods or services, to a facilitator of the transaction, of a portion of that money
  • intransitive v. To recoil; -- of guns and machines.
  • transitive v. To pay (a kickback).

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

  • v. pay a kickback; make an illegal payment
  • v. spring back, as from a forceful thrust
  • n. a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction

Etymologies

kick +‎ back. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It seems to require kickback from a speedy bullet to work the strong spring of the bolt.

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  • On Chanel 5 News in Phoenix they showed where a Doctor received a $53,000 kickback from the Libby Drug Company.

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  • I'm glad that some other people (apart from me) are starting to look positively towards this film, and believe me I'm not doing this for any publicity or kickback from the studio, I really am looking forward to it.

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  • The kickback is a benefit, sure, but wasn’t the motivating force behind the pieces.

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  • “The corps commander gets a kickback from the real-estate developer,” she said, and then “distributes the plots to lower-ranking officers [at government-subsidized prices], and sells what’s left to civilians at a huge profit.”

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  • How much of a kickback are the Dumbocrats getting from the insuranbce companies?

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  • Consumers weren't told that the foreclosure processors charged lawyers filing the paperwork against them a $125 fee for accessing their computer database, which Nevada calls a "kickback" but LPS characterizes as an "administrative fee."

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  • If you privatize education, your cronies have guaranteed income for 12 years, and your kickback will be a lobbying job for 7 figures a years later.

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  • "That keeps the tree from shooting back, which is called kickback," he explains.

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  • At the signing ceremony, Phuc called the kickback case involving Pacific Consultants International (PCI) "a little dot in the very great picture" of Japanese assistance to Vietnam.

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