kick up (one's) heels


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kick up (one's) heels

To enjoy oneself without restraint. Now that that big acquisition is finally over, we can kick up our heels and celebrate!
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kick up one's heels

Enjoy oneself, as in When she retires, she plans to kick up her heels and travel. This expression originated about 1600 with a totally different meaning, "to be killed." The modern sense, alluding to a prancing horse or exuberant dancer, dates from about 1900.
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kick up your heels

BRITISH
If you kick up your heels, you enjoy yourself a lot, for example at a party. Lucia was spotted kicking up her heels in the Tangiers Club. After years of working hard and raising all those children, I could kick up my heels and go entirely where I wanted to. Note: This refers to a horse that has been released into a field, as horses commonly do this as they gallop off.
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kick up your heels

have a lively, enjoyable time. chiefly North American
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kick up your ˈheels

(informal, especially American English) be relaxed and enjoy yourself: Now that he’s more confident in his job, perhaps he can kick up his heels and stop looking so worried all the time.
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kick up (one's) heels

Informal
To cast off one's inhibitions and have a good time.
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