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1. The word kick has provided some powerful metaphors over the years. In recent use, the image of starting a motorcycle by the downward thrust on a pedal (a kick-start) has been vividly applied figuratively to mean ‘an impetus given to get a process started’. It is now more commonly used as a verb, ‘to get (a process) started’:

• A famous face is helping a primary school kick-start their summer fete —Leicester Mercury, 2007.

2. A rather less appealing image, taken from the macho language of American business management, is the term kick-ass, used as an adjective to mean ‘rough, aggressive, powerful’:

• His point is that ‘the old kick-ass way of managing’ is counter-productive —Times, 1991.

It is best avoided, except in direct reference to those who get their own kick from this sort of thing.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Kick — (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the Great]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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