kick in

kicked in; kicking in; kicks 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Cash and tobacco products were stolen from a service station entered by kicking in the front door. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 6 Nov. 2019 Jones made an excellent impact for the Reds against Arsenal and scored the winning spot kick in front of the Kop End - the stuff any young Liverpool fan's dream., "Picking a 'Liverpool B' XI That Could Feature Against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup," 3 Nov. 2019 The rally starts at 3 p.m. with local music kicking in at 6, with acoustic sets by Kevin Prier, Amos Cox, Japhys Decent, and DL Marble. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: The Black Moods, Arizona Hip-Hop Festival, Meat Puppets," 2 Nov. 2019 In the third year, the rate would decrease by 15 cents per $100 after a state program that helps property-poor school districts kicks in. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio-area elections include a school bond issue," 30 Oct. 2019 Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden doled out high praise after watching Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson get kicked in the eye, spin away and deliver the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Darren Fells. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Jon Gruden references Michael Jordan in praise of Texans' Deshaun Watson," 28 Oct. 2019 Bishop Moore also recovered two pooch kicks in the first half and turned them into 14 points. Luis Torres,, "Bishop Moore scores 55 in first half in win over Eustis," 18 Oct. 2019 The victim later told police Gaines allegedly kicked in her in the face and struck her with her hands, the paper reported. Fox News, "Nashville mom helped daughter beat up classmate at school bus stop: police," 25 Sep. 2019 The deal involves the Sackler family giving up ownership of the company and kicking in at least $3 billion of their own funds to the settlement. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sacklers threaten to scrap opioid deal if they aren’t shielded from lawsuits," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of kick in was in 1906

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