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kick in

verb

Definition of kick in

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  contribute

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 slang :  die

  5. 2 :  to make a contribution

  6. 3 :  to begin operating or having an effect :  get started <waiting for the heater to kick in>



Examples of kick in

  1. <if everyone in the department kicks in, we can give him an especially nice present for his retirement>

  2. <the ornery cuss finally kicked in at the ripe old age of 90>



1906

First Known Use of kick in

1906


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