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

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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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First, white will quickly show the dust and dirt that gets kicked up by tires and even while walking. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018 Throughout the ordeal, Teigen and Kardashian exchanged quips on Twitter about their dinner plans for Friday -- but Kardashian and West kicked up those plans a notch thanks to this cake-laden soiree/impromptu listening party. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Hosted a Surprise Baby Shower for John Legend & Chrissy Teigen," 28 Apr. 2018 These types of global dust storms kick up on Mars about every 10 years, though the exact cause remains a mystery. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly All the Dust on Mars Comes From One Rock Formation," 26 July 2018 According to colorist Marie Robinson, whose clients include Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, the best shades of brown and black right now are natural — kicked up a notch. Hannah Morrill, Allure, "22 Gorgeous Brown Hair-Color Ideas," 5 July 2018 Forecaster Jimmy Taeger said the winds should kick up early Wednesday afternoon, but the strongest gusts are not expected until late in the day. Robert Krier,, "Patchy fog in morning; stiff winds starting in afternoon," 11 Apr. 2018 When Taylor is not overseeing his auto-shop, he can be found attending church functions with his family through Champions Forest Baptist Church at Jersey village, playing golf, or somewhere with his cowboy boots kicked up talking about cars. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress auto shop owner has business revved for success," 7 Feb. 2018 But the meteor also could have sentenced the dinosaurs to extinction by kicking up a huge amount of dust and other particles, causing a temporary dimming of the sun and global cooling, and generating acid rainfall. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW’s new provost plumbs one of Earth’s most fascinating mysteries," 22 Oct. 2018 The rotor roared above the Sonoran desert, kicking up dust and wind. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Drought raises demand for water deliveries to wildlife, but it's a short-term fix," 27 June 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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The first known use of kickup was in 1756

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