Definition of Kick up

1. Noun. Raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand.

Group relationships: Handstand
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Exercising, Physical Exercise, Physical Exertion, Workout

2. Verb. Cause to rise by kicking. "Kick up dust"
Generic synonyms: Bring Up, Elevate, Get Up, Lift, Raise

3. Verb. Evoke or provoke to appear or occur. "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
Exact synonyms: Call Forth, Evoke, Provoke
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

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kick Up

kick start
kick started
kick starter
kick starting
kick starts
kick the bucket
kick the can
kick the can down the road
kick the habit
kick the tires
kick the tires and light the fires
kick the tyres
kick the wheels
kick to the curb
kick turn
kick up (current term)
kick up a fuss
kick up one's heels
kick up the arse
kick upstairs
kick wheel
kick with the other foot

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 ..."

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