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Definition of the verb kick in

What does kick in mean as a doing phrase?


  1. enter a particular state
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of kick in: set in
    • more generic words: begin / start = have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
  2. contribute to some cause
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of kick in: chip in / contribute / give
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific word: combine = add together from different sources
  3. open violently
    • example: kick in the doors
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of kick in: kick down
    • more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely

Alternative definition of the verb kick in


  1. [transitive] To kick or strike so as to cause the object struck to collapse or fall inwards.
  2. [intransitive, idiomatic] To start or connect suddenly.
  3. [transitive, and, intransitive, idiomatic] To contribute, especially to a collection of money.


  1. "Kick In" is a 1922 American silent crime drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, distributed by Paramount Pictures, and starring Betty Compson and Bert Lytell. The picture was directed by George Fitzmaurice, who previously directed a 1917 film version of the story. Both films are based on Willard Mack's 1913 play that was produced on Broadway in 1914 starring John Barrymore. The supporting cast features Charles Ogle, who had played the first screen Frankenstein's monster in the original 1910 version of Frankenstein.
  2. "Kick In" is a sound film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film, based on the 1914 Broadway play by Willard Mack which had starred John Barrymore, was directed by Richard Wallace and starred the legendary Clara Bow in her last film for Paramount.


"Kick In" is a musical album of The Pills.


  1. Kick In a.k.a. Kick-in: In the sport of Australian rules football, a kick-in occurs when an opposition team scores a behind, with a defender kicking the ball out from the defensive goalsquare. The team kicking in may elect any one of its players to take the kick-in. The man on the mark stands five metres in front of the goal square. The player kicking in is given approximately ten to fifteen seconds from when they pick up the ball to take their kick before the umpire will call play-on, at which point the man on the mark may advance. Players kicking in may either kick to a teammate, or kick to themselves to allow themselves to play on. Whichever option is taken, the player must kick from wholly within the white lines of the goal square, even if the umpire has already called play-on for taking too much time - if their foot touches the line of the goal square, then play is stopped and the umpire will bounce the ball at the centre of the kick-off line.
  2. Kick In is a lost 1917 silent film crime melodrama directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring William Courtenay. It is based on the 1914 Broadway play of the same name by Willard Mack.

Phrases with Kick In

  1. kick in the butt
  2. Kick in the Balls
  3. Kick in the Pants
  4. Kick in the Teeth
  5. to kick in

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Kick In

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Google previewBilly's Dictionary For Blokes (2011)

by Billy Brownless

Alwaysbe waryofthe personwho 'doesn't feellike pizza'and doesn't kick in: when thepizza arrives they oftenmanage to snarea piece anyway ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

a kick in the pants (or up the arse or backside) something that prompts or forces fresh effort. informal 1996 Southern Cross On Saturday night, Mr Groom said the party understood the electorate had given the Liberals ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

a kick in the teeth informal a serious setback. kick off (of a football or rugby match) start or restart with a kick from the centre spot. kick someone ...

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