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kick·​up ˈkik-ˌəp How to pronounce kickup (audio)
: a noisy quarrel : row

kick up

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kicked up; kicking up; kicks up

transitive verb

: to cause to rise upward
clouds of dust kicked up by passing cars
: to stir up : provoke
kick up a fuss

intransitive verb

: to give evidence of disorder

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
Our Mustang had the Mach 1 Handling package, which raised its price by $3750 but earned its keep with gloriously sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a rear spoiler with a cute Gurney kickup, and adjustable strut mounts. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 27 June 2022
California utility regulators decision last week to change the way millions of households pay their electric bills has kicked up a political firestorm over rising costs of living and the state’s clean energy transition. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 16 May 2024 As of Tuesday morning, more than 65,000 people in eastern and southern Louisiana were without power after several rounds of storms tore through the area, kicking up possible tornadoes, according to a USA TODAY outage tracker. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 At their least invasive, each person that passes through any stretch of nature kicks up rocks and dirt, and at their most invasive, eviscerates acres. Leyton Cassidy, Longreads, 7 May 2024 The National Weather Service in Sacramento cautions drivers that gusty winds are expected to kick up starting Tuesday from Vacaville north to Redding, with a high probability for wind gusts to reach 40 mph. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 The couple had coexisted on separate tracks for many years, so much so that even the sweet moments of retirement, like weekends with their grandchildren, to whom Richard was devoted, kicked up feelings of regret and loss for Yvonne. Susan Dominus Kirsten Potter Anna Diamond Ted Blaisdell, New York Times, 5 May 2024 Advertisement Saudi Arabia’s efforts in soccer, Formula One and golf, among other sports, have kicked up similar criticism as Saudi money has continued to flow. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 The high-profile cast for Universal Pictures‘ forthcoming musical from Michel Gondry and Pharrell Williams has just been kicked up an octave with the addition of Janelle Monáe. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 So the decision was kicked up to Mr. Olson, who at the time was executive vice president and general manager of the rental-car division. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1793, in the meaning defined above


1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kickup was in 1756

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“Kickup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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