kick around


kick around

verb

Definition of KICK AROUND

1
to give serious and careful thought to <the board spent the afternoon kicking around the feasibility of opening an overseas office>
Related Words muse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)
Near Antonyms disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject
2
to spend time in aimless activity <I really can't do much but kick around at work until I get the rest of the submissions>
Synonyms doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
Related Words dally, dawdle, dillydally, hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; clown (around), horse around; diddle (with), tinker
Near Antonyms buckle (down), knuckle down, set (to), settle (down)
3
to spend time doing nothing <spent the afternoon kicking around, while his wife bought out the mall>
Synonyms bum, chill, dally, dawdle, dillydally, drone, footle, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), hang about [British], kick around, kick back, laze, lazy, loaf, loll, lounge, veg out
Related Words fiddle (around), fool, mess, monkey, muck, piddle, play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; doze, estivate (also aestivate), hibernate; lag, linger, loiter, poke, relax, rest, tarry; amble, mosey, saunter, stroll, swan; furlough, goldbrick, malinger, truant
4
to move about from place to place aimlessly <after spending a year in Europe kicking around, the backpacker was ready to return home>
Synonyms bat, cruise, drift, float, gad (about), gallivant (also galavant), kick around, knock (about), maunder, meander, mooch, ramble, range, roam, rove, traipse
Related Words amble, saunter, stroll; dawdle, mope; gypsy, hobo, tramp, vagabond; mill (about or around); straggle, stray
5
to inflict physical or emotional harm upon <children who were raised by an alcoholic father who regularly kicked them around>

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