kick·up | \ˈkik-ˌəp \

Definition of kickup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel : row

kick 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

Examples of kickup in a Sentence


after their last kickup, they didn't speak to each other for a week

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Their arrowheads can still be kicked up in the dirt. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The reader quickly grows comfortable inhabiting two worlds 30 years apart, and a piquant energy is kicked up by the contrasts: how the evolutions of one era’s ensemble shaped those of a later one. Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Great Believers,’ by Rebecca Makkai," 14 June 2018 Where the S Class is super thin and the E Class has that wonderfully odd but attractive elongated side glass, the C Class kicks up at the belt line like a Honda Accord. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe and Cabriolet: More Power Leads the Updates," 20 Mar. 2018 The fruit takes on a bit of depth, the Port kicks up its heels. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 The fire is 100% contained and about 75 firefighters and heavy vehicles are patrolling the burn area for hot spots in case winds kick up during the day, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Javier Panzar,, "Griffith Observatory to remain closed through Friday after brush fire scorches parkland," 12 July 2018 North-northeast breezes may refreshingly kick up to 10-15 mph and blow in drier, more comfortable air. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Steamy and wet at times today, but a cold front’s going to deliver a spectacular weekend," 6 July 2018 Winds may kick up a little, up to 15 miles per hour. Hayley Kaufman,, "Fourth of July revelers: Get out your sunblock. And your water bottle.," 4 July 2018 The wind whipped and dirt kicked up around Globe Life Park, scurrying a strong crowd for cover at first sight of a ballpark dust storm. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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