kick in

verb
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of kick in

1 : to begin operating or having an effect : get started
  • waiting for the heater to kick in
2 : to make a contribution
3 slang : die

Examples of kick in in a Sentence

  1. if everyone in the department kicks in, we can give him an especially nice present for his retirement

  2. the ornery cuss finally kicked in at the ripe old age of 90

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First Known Use of kick in

1906

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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