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kick up

to cause trouble or discomfort. The ignition in my car is kicking up again. I will have to have it looked into. Aunt Jane's arthritis is kicking up. She needs to see the doctor again.
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kick up

Malfunction, cause trouble or pain, as in My grandmother's arthritis is kicking up again. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see act up; also subsequent entries beginning with kick up.
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kick up

v.
1. To increase the amount or force of something by some degree; intensify something by some amount: We were a little chilly, so I kicked the temperature up three degrees. Kick up the tempo during the chorus of the song.
2. To increase in amount or force; intensify: The waves at the beach really kicked up in the afternoon breeze.
3. To begin to take place spontaneously: A sandstorm kicked up when we were driving through the desert.
4. To arouse some activity: Those troublemakers kick up trouble wherever they go.
5. To show signs of activity, especially of disorder: His ulcer has kicked up again.
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