kickup

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

Definition of kickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel : row

kick up

verb
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

Dust that kicked up from a previous ride hung in the air. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Inside Elon Musk’s Tunnel to Alleviate ‘Soul-Destroying’ Traffic," 19 Dec. 2018 Katie holds her hair up with her hands in a sultry, magazine-cover-worthy shot, kicking up her heel to show some seriously high nude stilettos. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares a Surprisingly Sexy, Glammed Up Photo of Herself on Instagram," 15 Mar. 2019 That projectile will kick up some dust and other debris for the spacecraft to collect. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Spacecraft Fire a Bullet at an Asteroid," 21 Feb. 2019 That bullet kicked up a bunch of dust and small rocks, and Hayabusa collected some of that material. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How It Looks When a Spacecraft Shoots an Asteroid," 5 Mar. 2019 Markle’s father kicked up a social media storm the days before the nuptials—but the end result was nothing short of a fairytale. Vogue, "These Were the Most Googled Weddings of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 Paul Newman kicking up his white-socked feet while leafing through movie scripts with his wife Joanne in January 1958. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "White Socks and Black Loafers. Stylish or Best Left to Michael Jackson?," 26 Sep. 2018 Alternating leg-directions, kick up and down from the knees. Harper's BAZAAR, "Problem Solving Guide for Your Body," 24 Jan. 2014 Audrey Gelman climbs the curling marble staircase of a stately Haussmann address in a vintage paisley sundress, the clap of her Gucci mules kicking up a thin layer of dust. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of kickup

Noun

circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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