kick around

verb

kicked around; kicking around; kicks around

intransitive verb

1
: to wander or pass time aimlessly
2
a
: 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

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 This two-second interaction is still kicking around in my head 20 years later. David Marchese Photograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 He’s been kicking around for so long, and one of his superpowers is his magnetic covers of other people’s songs and how his elastic vocals seem to enhance every track. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 30 Jan. 2024 And now there are just some uncomfortable questions to kick around about who’s to blame and where this goes next season. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2024 Enlarge / Unity developers won't have John Riccitiello to kick around anymore. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2023 The project has been kicking around in the director’s head for decades, which might explain how so much Star Wars mythology got tangled up in it, not to mention Dune, Avatar and even a dollop of Game of Thrones. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 Since the show needed the song immediately, the songwriters had little time to kick around ideas. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2023 There’s still one thing kicking around in your head: your poor pet is sitting at home all alone right now. David Moses, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 Bennett Graebner: This is certainly an idea that’s been kicked around for at least a decade. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of kick around was in 1839

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“Kick around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick%20around. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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