a kick up the arse

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a kick up the arse/backside

  (British & Australian very informal)
if you give someone a kick up the backside, you do or say something to try to stop them being lazy He does nothing but watch TV all day. His mother should give him a kick up the backside. The threat of losing my job was the kick in the pants I needed.
See also: arse, kick, up
References in periodicals archive ?
Let's hope new council leader Warren Bradley can continue his good start in giving those responsible a kick up the backside.
SHOOTING GALLERY: Wayne Rooney gets a kick up the backside for his troubles after giving boss Fabio Capello lip during training - but he still manages to win the ball back from the gaffer
CALLUM Thorpe admits Durham received a kick up the backside on the opening day of their County Championship defence.
He needs a kick up the backside from someone at the other end telling him to knuckle down.
Despite Gerrard's undoubted talent, Houllier felt the midfielder needed a kick up the backside, resulting in a short spell when he started games on the substitutes'bench.
I think he is on record as saying now and again I just needed a kick up the backside and he certainly gave me a kick up the backside.