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.

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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 That afternoon Venus also took a call on speakerphone from a producer in New York to kick around yet another off-court opportunity: a reality-TV show. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 On previous recordings, Chance sold himself as a future family man, and now, as a happy husband and doting father, the 26-year-old wants that same joy for everyone else kicking around in this valley of the shadow of death. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Did Chance the Rapper get boring? Or did we just get bored?," 31 July 2019 However, the little royals’ attention was more focused on kicking around a soccer ball than watching dad’s game. Stephanie Petit,, "See Prince George and Princess Charlotte Let Loose on the Polo Field During Family Playdate," 10 July 2019 Woollen, who was not a Facebook user, had been kicking around ideas about connectivity and loneliness. Alex Pappademas, The New Yorker, "How the Cover Song Conquered Movie Trailers," 31 July 2019 While in the 16th century the English would kick around an inflated pig's bladder, a six-year-old Sissi used a doll's head. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sissi: The Brazilian who defied a dictatorship to become a World Cup great," 21 June 2019 Several bills kicking around the Capitol this year are viewed in the insular community of workers’ compensation lobbyists as stalking horses for the larger conflict and hints to a potential new alliance. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: A new California workers’ compensation battle looming," 18 June 2019 Even though El closed the gate to the Upside Down in season 2, the part of the Mind Flayer that had attached itself to Will is apparently still kicking around Hawkins. Time, "Breaking Down What Happens to Billy in Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of kick around

1839, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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