kick up the arse

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kick up the arse

A forceful gesture or message of some kind (usually delivered with good intentions) that acts as motivation to the (previously unmotivated) recipient. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The threat of divorce was the kick up the arse he needed to start working on improving his marriage.
See also: arse, kick, up
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It is not a great start to the European Championship campaign and we have had a kick up the arse.