kick 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.

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Though a November 1, 2018 roll-out date for all international Delta flights has been kicked around, the airline played coy on just how the trial will affect things going forward. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta Is Testing Out 3-Course Meals in Economy," 1 Aug. 2018 Dolores and Hale aren't the only two hosts kicking around in the real world. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': 9 Burning Questions for Season 3," 26 June 2018 Another possibility being kicked around is turning the new lane into a toll lane, which would require drivers to pay via Fastrak and would help offset maintenance and operating costs. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Davis drivers intrigued by Caltrans traffic plan, but improvements are a decade away," 7 June 2018 Fowler pitched in the majors until 1952 and kicked around in pro ball for a few years more to help pay medical bills incurred by his son, Tom, who had numerous surgeries for birth defects. Ed Barkowitz,, "Dick Fowler's no-hitter for the Philadelphia A's comes back to life (sort of)," 24 May 2018 By then, some of his Class of ’18 members should be in the NHL, while some may still be kicking around the Flyers’ farm system. Sam Carchidi,, "Trusting his scouts made Flyers GM Ron Hextall comfortable with draft gamble," 24 June 2018 Well, there are a number of proposals kicking around. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 24, 2018," 24 June 2018 How much time do you guys spend kicking around one-off jokes? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Brad Bird on returning to the world of Incredibles 14 years later," 15 June 2018 This adaptation of Jo Nesbo's bestselling thriller feels rushed even though the script has been kicking around Hollywood for years. Chris Ball,, "'This is Bob Hope,' from PBS, now on DVD (review)," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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