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

Definition of kickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel : row

kick up

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 For a perfect start to the day, kick up your feet and watch the sunrise with a mimosa in hand. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to South Andros, Bahamas," 16 Feb. 2021 Winds will kick up Saturday along the Central Plains, which will increase fire threats for portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Jennifer Gray, CNN, "A 709-day snow drought will come to an end on Sunday in Washington, DC," 30 Jan. 2021 East winds will kick up through the Columbia River Gorge. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Sunny, dry day; breezy near the gorge," 14 Jan. 2021 Winds are expected to kick up Monday evening, peak Tuesday, then diminish Wednesday morning. Los Angeles Times, "Strong, potentially damaging winds possible for L.A. region early next week, forecasters say," 16 Jan. 2021 The majority of our wildfires will be in the summertime, when those afternoon thunderstorms kick up and come in off the Gulf. Matt Wyatt,, "The end of a year of fire at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge," 7 Jan. 2021 That should kick up a breeze from the northwest and perhaps a few flurries or a snow shower. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Raw and occasionally damp today with a seasonable week ahead," 3 Jan. 2021 The National Weather Service says gusty, dry northeastern Santa Ana winds will kick up on Thursday and persist into Sunday. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Edison mulls shutoffs in SoCal, and L.A. COVID numbers are 'alarming'," 18 May 2020 Sunday’s front will kick up winds once again with waves of 3-4 feet as the front moves through. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Increasing clouds, rain likely: Northeast Ohio’s weekend weather forecast," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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“Kickup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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