kick around

verb
kicked around; kicking around; kicks around

Definition of kick around

intransitive verb

1 : to wander or pass time aimlessly
2a : to lie about mostly unnoticed or forgotten
b : to undergo consideration usually intermittently over a period of time ideas that have been kicking around for years

transitive verb

1 : to treat in an inconsiderate or high-handed fashion
2 : to consider, examine, or discuss from various angles

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Examples of kick around in a Sentence

the board spent the afternoon kicking around the feasibility of opening an overseas office I really can't do much but kick around at work until I get the rest of the submissions.
Recent Examples on the Web So poor Emma is forced to put on a soccer uniform and kick around a ball in front of a green screen while a photographer snaps away. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "The 5 most bonkers scenes from Lifetime’s ‘College Admissions Scandal’ movie," 14 Oct. 2019 So poor Emma is forced to put on a soccer uniform and kick around a ball in front of a green screen while a photographer snaps away. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "The 5 most bonkers scenes from Lifetime’s ‘College Admissions Scandal’ movie," 13 Oct. 2019 The two big college names that have been kicked around here as potential replacements for Jason Garrett — Urban Meyer and Lincoln Riley — were complete unknowns in the NFL world. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "The Cowboys’ hiring of Mike McCarthy is logical, but it also brings plenty of questions," 6 Jan. 2020 For those of us that fondly remember kicking around and doing bunny hops during the Razor scooter heyday, Segway-Ninebot’s debut of its Air T15 piqued our interest. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "CES Editors’ Choice Awards: The Most Exciting Tech for 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Imagine how enterprises like factories and farms, mining and drilling, warehouses and retail get kicked around and imagine the scale. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: If Democrats got rich by building stuff, regulatory system would look different," 13 Dec. 2019 For years, Dicky Barrett kicked around the idea of starting a music festival. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Expanding Their Ska Festival In Its Second Year," 24 July 2019 Those of us in the C-suite have been kicking around some ideas, starting with the creation of a cross-disciplinary taskforce. The Economist, "Bartleby An inspiring holiday message," 18 Dec. 2019 The show, whose 21 episodes are still available on Hulu, is full of ideas, kicked around for laughs, to serious ends. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Sarah Silverman defends Dave Chappelle and humor that offends: ‘That’s comedy. You overstep’," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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18 Feb 2020

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“Kick around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick%20around. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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