kick in the seat of the pants

kick in the (seat of the) pants

and kick in the ass and kick in the butt and kick in the teeth and kick in the rear
n. a strong message of encouragement or a demand. (Usually objectionable.) All he needs is a kick in the seat of the pants to get him going. A kick in the teeth ought to wake them up and get them moving.
See also: kick, of, pant, seat
References in periodicals archive ?
Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head and A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, clearly, thinks that in order to get out of one's mental rut something a little more, well, extreme is needed than a "Po