Definition of Kick up
1. Noun. Raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand.
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Exercising, Physical Exercise, Physical Exertion, Workout
2. Verb. Cause to rise by kicking. "Kick up dust"
3. Verb. Evoke or provoke to appear or occur. "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
Related verbs: Arouse, Bring Up, Call Down, Call Forth, Conjure, Conjure Up, Evoke, Invoke, Put Forward, Raise, Stir
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make
Specialized synonyms: Pick
Derivative terms: Evocation, Provocation
Definition of Kick up
1. Verb. (transitive intransitive) (&lit kick up) ¹
2. Verb. (context: figuratively by extension transitive US) To raise, to increase (a price). ¹
3. Verb. (context: figuratively transitive) To stir up (trouble), to cause (a disturbance). ¹
4. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To show anger (about something). ¹
5. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive US) To function improperly, to show signs of disorder, (of an illness) to flare up. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Kick Up
Literary usage of Kick up
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Bookman (1903)
"Tested by sales and the amount of dust he has managed to kick up, Mr. Kipling should be a poet of parts. But Angus McNeill assures us that he has already ..."
2. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Would swagger, swear, get drunk, kick up a riot, Swaggering. Then staggering, an' swaggering, The Rights of Woman. He roar'd this ditty up . ..."
3. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"—The Culture of the Misses: The St. James's Gazette. (Common), to bully, to make a kick up or riot. None of your flaring up, ..."
4. The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"Any one who has come to grief by fast living is said to have KICKED OVER THE TRACES. kick up, a noise or disturbance. kick up, " to kick up a row," to ..."
5. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"To kick the bucket is to be hung on the balk or bucket by the heels. kick up a Row (71/). To create • disturbance. "A pretty kick up" ш а great disturbance. ..."
6. Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin: With a Memoir by Charles Dibdin (1850)
"YOUR grave politicians may kick up a rout Of invasions and such sort of stuff, With as how, and as what, all the French are about, Why, lord, they're about ..."