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 That’s 100 ft-lbs MORE than the .308 Win. kicks up at the muzzle. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 East winds through the Columbia River Gorge are kicking up gusts of up to 35 mph in east Portland. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Several soaking systems heading this way starting tonight," 18 Dec. 2019 Gale force southerly winds made Lake Erie fishing difficult earlier this week, and easterly winds this weekend will be kicking up waves along the Ohio shoreline this weekend. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Winds kick walleye fishermen off Lake Erie, but steelhead are in the harbors: Fishing Report for Nov. 29," 29 Nov. 2019 The tempo is kicked up a notch but the haltime beat keeps things smooth and sensual. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Katy Perry Taps Kandy, Win and Woo For 'Harleys in Hawaii' Remixes: Listen," 13 Nov. 2019 Lorenzo is also kicking up waves that are affecting the northeastern coast of South America and will affect some of the Windward Islands later today. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Lorenzo still a Category 4 while Karen gets downgraded," 27 Sep. 2019 Lorena was kicking up heavy waves at the twin resorts of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hurricane Lorena nears Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos," 20 Sep. 2019 Winds will kick up in the afternoon making for a soggy evening commute. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Morning showers, afternoon steady rain; high 44," 8 Jan. 2020 The red dust kicks up often enough to settle into your hair like a leave-in conditioner. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Must-Have Beauty Products For These Must-Visit Travel Destinations," 7 Jan. 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 23 Feb. 2020.

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