kick around

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.

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Amazon has held out, and DVDs are kicking around stores, but otherwise no trace remains of The Cosby Show on any other channel or platform. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Liquid metal has been kicking around on the PC for more than a decade, but the compound’s conductivity (which can be bad in a computer) has scared some off. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with HP's Omen X 2S 15: The world's first dual-screen gaming laptop," 14 May 2019 Today, the Duchess visited the Windsor Park stadium to kick around a soccer ball with two youth charities, dressed in an athletic-yet-stylish look. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Gets Sporty in a Barbour Jacket, Ralph Lauren Sweater, and Sneakers," 27 Feb. 2019 The Phillies manager recently thought of his former teammate when the Phillies began kicking around ways to manage Jorge Alfaro, who caught 21 of the team’s 26 games in May before finally sitting on Friday. Matt Breen,, "Phillies trying to manage Jorge Alfaro's usage as season wears on," 1 June 2018 President Donald Trump is floating an idea that’s been kicking around Washington for years to get is $5 billion in border wall funding: the nuclear option. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 On a recent morning, as students in blue-and-white uniforms kicked around a soccer ball, school principal Amilcar Rivera described their prospects. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Why Are People Fleeing Central America? A New Breed of Gangs Is Taking Over.," 2 Nov. 2018 Placeholder furniture that had kicked around for decades was finally jettisoned, replaced with alternatives that blended practicality with poetry. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 The two kicked around a soccer ball and played with toy cars while staying at a volunteer’s home in Detroit. Arian Campo-flores And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "After Immigrant Families Are Reunited, Scars of Separation Remain," 15 July 2018

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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