kick in

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kick in

verb

Definition of KICK IN

transitive verb
intransitive verb
1
slang :  die
2
:  to make a contribution
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>

First Known Use of KICK IN

1906

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