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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Locals invited to test new cheese Chipotle Mexican Grill has kicked up its cheese game with its Queso Blanco, made with Monterey Jack cheese, white cheddar cheese and serrano, poblano and chipotle peppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Where to celebrate National Waffle Day in San Diego," 22 Aug. 2019 The dust had been kicked up by the vehicle in front of hers, Fox 2 reported, citing the Metro West Fire Protection District. Fox News, "Missouri girl, 7, drowns, mother seriously hurt after car plunges into pond, investigators say," 15 July 2019 Muzzles flashed down the length of the tunnel, bullet impacts kicked up dust and debris. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Duck Dynasty star Sarah Robertson kicked up her heels in season 19 and was the first runner-up. Lynette Rice,, "Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron shares less-than-cryptic message about casting Sean Spicer," 21 Aug. 2019 Add some brie to kick up the protein and serve some kettle corn on the side. Emily Spicer,, "How to eat a PB&J like an adult — and with a cocktail," 15 Aug. 2019 The front was kicking up some storms in and around Sherman on Tuesday afternoon. Sara Coello Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Showers and storms possible as cold front moves through Dallas-Fort Worth," 13 Aug. 2019 The Zomato customer’s tweet kicked up a storm on social media in the country. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "The bigotry of one Indian customer has united arch-rivals Zomato and Uber Eats," 1 Aug. 2019 The rise in commercial rents has also kicked up the cost of goods and services. Time, "'Whenever There’s Trouble He Rushes There.' Meet Legislator Roy Kwong, the God of Hong Kong Protests," 20 July 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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