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.
Recent Examples on the Web For years,Andrew Alcott and a group of his close friends regularly got together after work to unwind with a beer and sometimes kick around a soccer ball. Washington Post, "They laughed, they cried, they killed monsters: How friendships thrived in video games during the pandemic," 20 Mar. 2021 Employees set up little dog pools, splash pads and sprinklers for canine friends to jump through and kick around. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Troy's Splash Bash gives dogs much-needed time to socialize safely amid COVID-19," 19 Sep. 2020 That means instead of playing with items everyone touches like decks of cards or a Frisbee, kids now kick around a soccer ball, said Acadia Graham, program manager of Trailside’s Goose Lake group. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "'It’s not the same, Mama’: As summer camps open in Anchorage, kids and staff adapt to pandemic restrictions," 3 June 2020 The starters coasted through a 13-0 kick around with Thailand, then took Sunday off. Frank Dell’apa,, "Even with a number of starters sitting out, US dominates," 16 June 2019 Many contingency plans are being kicked around, and some have even floated the idea of starting the season in the spring. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can we really expect college football to start on time in the fall? Here's what national experts are saying," 5 May 2020 And several academics are kicking around a proposal to create a fund to reward companies that develop Covid-19 products and technologies that are also made available at cost in low- and middle-income countries. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Some drugs being tested as Covid-19 treatments could be very cheap to make," 10 Apr. 2020 And, Lurie hints, with support from civic leaders and tech titans, the idea of organizing another major benefit concert (albeit virtual) is being kicked around. Catherine Bigelow,, "San Francisco’s poverty-fighting nonprofits roll up their sleeves to help during coronavirus shutdowns," 24 Mar. 2020 Most are new, but a few have been kicking around for a while because better options have yet to arrive. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics 2020 Tool Awards," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Kick around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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