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

Noun after their last kickup, they didn't speak to each other for a week
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sunday’s front will kick up winds once again with waves of 3-4 feet as the front moves through. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Increasing clouds, rain likely: Northeast Ohio’s weekend weather forecast," 12 Nov. 2020 Since your anxiety will already be high — whatever your political leanings — why not kick up your feet and relax by trying to crack a few decades-old cold cases? Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Our experts recommend 8 TV shows to ease your election day anxiety," 3 Nov. 2020 Alexander Gershunov, research meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, said things may actually get worse this fall as downslope winds that have historically been associated with the worst fires in California kick up. Peter Fimrite,, "California’s pileup of disasters stresses responders’ resources," 9 Oct. 2020 Initially, winds in advance of the cold front could kick up dust through midday Friday and enhance the fire threat, Vasquez explained. Los Angeles Times, "Wet weather should clear the air in parts of California plagued by smoke since August," 5 Nov. 2020 But another is slated to take effect at 10 p.m., when the National Weather Service anticipates powerful winds to kick up again throughout the Bay Area’s highest elevations. Nora Mishanec,, "Bay Area braces for fire danger, blackouts as winds pick up late Wednesday," 21 Oct. 2020 In Southern California, the winds crank up on Sunday, but the strongest gusts will be Monday as the Santa Ana winds kick up gusts over 60 mph. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Hurricane force gusts prompt extremely critical fire danger in California," 24 Oct. 2020 Merek Glover’s kick up the middle went too far, handing the ball to the Knights at the Tulane 49. G Smith,, "No defense: UCF shreds Tulane for 689 yards in 51-34 victory.," 24 Oct. 2020 The cold water helps increase the heart rate and kick up circulation, while the warmth soothes muscles. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Americans Can Learn From Winter-Loving Cultures," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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“Kickup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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