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Related to kick around: kick up a fuss
kick someone or something around
1. Lit. to strike someone, something, or some animal with the foot repeatedly. Billy is out in the alley kicking a can around. Stop kicking that dog around!
2. Fig. to treat someone or something badly. I finally quit my job. My boss wouldn't stop kicking me around. Stop kicking my car around. It does everything I need a car to do.
kick something around
1. Lit. to move something around by kicking it, as in play. Kick the ball around awhile and then try to make a goal. The boys kicked a can around, making a lot of noise. Don't kick around all the dirt. You'll make a mess.
2. . Fig. to discuss something; to chat about an idea. We got together and kicked her idea around. Fred and Bob kicked around some plots for a new movie.
1. Treat badly, abuse, as in I'm sick and tired of being kicked around by my supervisor. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Also, kick about. Move from place to place, as in They spent three years kicking around the country on their bikes, or We've no address; we're just kicking about until we find somewhere to settle. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
3. Also, kick about. Consider, think about or discuss; examine or try out. For example, Let's kick this scenario around for a while and see what we come up with, or We've been kicking about various schemes to make money. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
4. Be available or unused, as in This old computer has been kicking around for months-no one seems to want it. [c. 1900]
1. To kick something back and forth casually: The players warmed up by kicking the ball around. The children kicked around a soccer ball on the playground.
2. To move from place to place casually or occasionally, usually within some region or place: Those old books have been kicking around the house for years.
3. To give thought or consideration to something; ponder or discuss something: We've been kicking around the names that you gave us, but none seems appropriate for the position. Chris and I have kicked the idea around, and we both agree that we should buy a new car.
4. To hassle or bully someone: Don't let your colleagues kick you around—stand up for yourself! The seniors are always kicking around the younger kids.
5. Slang To continue to be alive or active: My grandfather is still kicking around at the age of 80.
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