kick ass/butt

kick ass

1. rude slang, verb To defeat someone or something decisively. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "ass." We weren't prepared for that game, and the other team kicked our asses.
2. rude slang, verb To physically attack one; to beat one up. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "ass." I'll kick your ass if I ever see you talking to my girlfriend again.
3. rude slang, verb To be very effective or successful. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "ass." This new strategy is really kicking ass and keeping the groundhogs away from my vegetable garden!
4. rude slang, verb To be excellent or exceptional. That move kicked ass! All movies should be like that!
5. rude slang, verb To motivate one or shock one out of complacency. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "ass." The professor's speech today kind of kicked my ass and made me realize I need to start applying myself.
6. rude slang, adjective Excellent or exceptional; awesome. In this usage, the phrase is hyphenated or spelled as one word. That was a pretty kick-ass rollercoaster. Whoa, check out that kickass bike.
See also: ass, kick

kick butt

1. verb To defeat someone or something decisively. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "butt." We weren't prepared for that game, and the other team kicked our butts.
2. verb To physically attack one; to beat one up. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "butt." I'll kick your butt if I ever see you talking to my girlfriend again.
3. verb To be very effective or successful. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "butt." This new strategy is really kicking butt and keeping the groundhogs away from my vegetable garden!
4. verb To be excellent or exceptional. That move kicked butt! All movies should be like that!
5. verb To motivate one or shock one out of complacency. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "butt." The professor's speech today kind of kicked my butt and made me realize I need to start applying myself.
6. adjective Excellent or exceptional; awesome. In this usage, the phrase is hyphenated. That was a pretty kick-butt rollercoaster.
See also: butt, kick

kick ass

 and kick butt
Sl. to actively motivate people to do something. It looks like I'm going to have to kick ass to get people moving around here.
See also: ass, kick

kick ass

Also, kick butt. Punish or discipline harshly; also, defeat soundly. For example, That foreman's furious; he's going to kick ass before the day is over, or Our team is out to kick butt today. [ Vulgar slang; 1940s]
See also: ass, kick

kick ass

or

kick butt

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL, RUDE
COMMON
1. If a person in authority kicks ass, they behave in a strict and forceful way towards people in order to make them do things. We're going to kick ass to make sure that these departments deliver when they say they will. This guy was in charge. He was kicking butt.
2. If you kick ass, you do something in a very impressive and exciting way. I wouldn't do the show if I thought we were going to suck. But I know we're gonna kick ass. He was sold to America as a star who could really kick butt.
See also: ass, kick

kick (some) ass (or butt)

act in a forceful or aggressive manner. North American vulgar slang
1995 Martin Amis Information You got to come on strong. Talk big and kick ass.
See also: ass, kick

kick (some/somebody’s) ˈass/ˈbutt

(taboo, slang, American English) act in a very firm, controlling or aggressive manner: Now let’s kick some butt! ▶ ˈkick-ass adj. (taboo, slang, American English) very good: a kick-ass rock band
See also: ass, butt, kick

kick ass

and kick butt
tv. to actively motivate people to do something. (Usually objectionable.) It looks like I’m going to have to kick ass to get people moving around here. Do I need to get you guys down here and kick butt to get you to play ball like the team you are supposed to be?
See also: ass, kick

kick butt

verb
See also: butt, kick

kick ass

/butt Vulgar Slang
To take forceful or harsh measures to achieve an objective.
See also: ass, kick