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


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

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The winds should kick up Wednesday evening, peak a little before sunrise Thursday and continue throughout the day. Robert Krier,, "First rain in more than a month expected Thursday," 18 Apr. 2018 But 16 months after Chief Executive Elon Musk kicked up controversy by acquiring the solar-panel installer founded by two of his cousins, SolarCity's obligations are a strain on Tesla's finances. Bloomberg,, "Hidden by Model 3 mess, Tesla's debt problem is about to emerge," 6 Apr. 2018 The price then kicks up to $8 through July 3 and $10 day of show. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Young, The Mavericks, 'Cupid Shuffle' top Citgo Freedom Over Texas July 4th lineup," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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