kick·​up | \ ˈkik-ˌəp How to pronounce kickup (audio) \

Definition of kickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel : row

kick up

kicked up; kicking up; kicks up

Definition of kick up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to rise upward clouds of dust kicked up by passing cars
2 : to stir up : provoke kick up a fuss

intransitive verb

: to give evidence of disorder

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Examples of kickup in a Sentence


after their last kickup, they didn't speak to each other for a week

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According to the Denver Post, local Robb Manes was hanging out in a swimming pool when the wind kicked up. Melissa Locker, Time, "Sit Back and Enjoy the Hilarious Flight of the Air Mattresses on a Very Windy Outdoor Movie Night," 20 Aug. 2019 Her family relocated to San Diego in 1972, where a body-conscious health culture was kicking up. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 Or how Billy Martin would kick up dirt toward an ump’s pant legs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "MLB umpire, former official concerned with technology replacing ‘human element’," 29 June 2019 While Florida won’t get Humberto’s winds and rain, swells from the storm could kick up the surf along the Southeast Coast and cause dangerous rip currents from Florida northward to North Carolina. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Humberto 2019 could become a hurricane later today," 15 Sep. 2019 The app also kicked up an unintentional privacy scare with its practice of uploading images to servers to be processed, illustrating a growing sensitivity to how user data is handled. Colum Murphy And Zheping Huang / Bloomberg, Time, "Social Media Users Entranced, Concerned by Chinese Face-Swapping Deepfake App," 4 Sep. 2019 Not far away, a group of youngsters kicked up plenty of dust on a hot day, playing shinny. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Culture is like the hub of a wheel': Traditions on display at Pala Band of Mission Indians gathering," 31 Aug. 2019 Adding extra cinnamon flavor will kick up that brown spice an extra notch. Chris Morris, Fortune, "A New Coke Flavor Is Coming to the U.S. Just in Time for the Holidays," 14 Aug. 2019 Locals invited to test new cheese Chipotle Mexican Grill has kicked up its cheese game with its Queso Blanco, made with Monterey Jack cheese, white cheddar cheese and serrano, poblano and chipotle peppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Where to celebrate National Waffle Day in San Diego," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kickup


circa 1793, in the meaning defined above


1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of kickup was in 1756

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