kick in


Definition of kick in 

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for kick in


chip in, contribute, pitch in

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Examples of kick in in a Sentence

if everyone in the department kicks in, we can give him an especially nice present for his retirement the ornery cuss finally kicked in at the ripe old age of 90

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Benenati alleges that she had been kicked in the head by Lindsey and ran out of the house. Christine Pelisek,, "Mom of 4 Young Kids Killed in Hostage Standoff Is 'Shell-Shocked,' Says Family Friend," 15 June 2018 The 12-year-old was kicked in the stomach and the other boy took his bicycle. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Basketball game ends in fight and bike being stolen at Liberty Heights Park, West Allis," 12 June 2018 On a trip into Brooklyn on the L, she had almost been kicked in the face by a pole-dancing kid. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 The door had been kicked in and blood was everywhere. Jeff Weiner,, "Court rejects Troy Victorino's appeal for life sentence in 'Xbox murders'," 8 Mar. 2018 Trump Effect Tariffs that kick in Friday will be a body blow to heartland states that helped put Trump in office, testing their faith in the president's brand of negotiation. NBC News, "Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices," 6 July 2018 Seattle is believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, and the new rules kicked in yesterday. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 2018 Some of money the Lightning saved by not landing Tavares was spent on signing defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year, $47.25 million extension, which kicks in next summer. John Wawrow, Houston Chronicle, "Homeward bound: Star center John Tavares chooses Maple Leafs," 1 July 2018 The 2016 Norris Trophy-winning blueliner agreed to terms with the Kings on an eight-year deal that will kick in after the 2018-19 season and go through the 2027 season. Michael Blinn,, "Drew Doughty, L.A. Kings Agree to Eight-Year Contract Extension," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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