kick around

kicked around; kicking around; kicks around

Definition of kick around

intransitive verb

1 : to wander or pass time aimlessly
2a : to lie about mostly unnoticed or forgotten
b : to undergo consideration usually intermittently over a period of time ideas that have been kicking around for years

transitive verb

1 : to treat in an inconsiderate or high-handed fashion
2 : to consider, examine, or discuss from various angles

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Examples of kick around in a Sentence

the board spent the afternoon kicking around the feasibility of opening an overseas office I really can't do much but kick around at work until I get the rest of the submissions.
Recent Examples on the Web The Cave has been kicking around markets for the better part of a year and finally made its premiere at Busan to a largely receptive audience. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Cave' ('Nang Non'): Film Review | Busan 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 The two were photographed kicking around a ball during The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day match Prince William and Prince Harry participated in earlier this summer. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Cheer on Aston Villa With William and Kate," 5 Oct. 2019 Part of his time away included seven years kicking around New York, attending Columbia and then getting by on jobs like nannying. Lissandra Villa/el Paso, Time, "Beto O'Rourke Finds His Voice Helping El Paso Grieve," 11 Aug. 2019 The film toplines Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as, respectively, TV star Rick Dalton and his stuntman Cliff Booth, longtime best friends kicking around Hollywood in 1969 with Charlie Manson and company lurking in the background. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Quentin Tarantino skeptic takes great pleasure in ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’," 24 July 2019 The act of kicking around FAU, Cincinnati and Indiana doesn’t scare Nick Saban. Doug Lesmerises,, "Ohio State football shows an upside that can hang with Clemson and Alabama," 14 Sep. 2019 Doppel Alt was a new recipe, made on a whim based on an idea that had been kicking around for years: an imperial version of the flagship. Josh Noel,, "Chicago craft beer pioneer Golden Prairie returns 20 years later. Has its time passed or finally arrived?," 12 Sep. 2019 Earlier this month, George and Princess Charlotte were seen kicking around a soccer ball on the sidelines of the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Prince George Celebrated His Birthday With a Soccer-Themed Party at Kensington Palace," 30 July 2019 Even before that, Chaiken had been kicking around a concept for a comeback. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘The L Word’ adapts in the age of Trump," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of kick around was in 1839

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