a kick in the seat of (one's) pants(redirected from a kick in the seat of their pants)
a kick in the seat of (one's) pants
1. Literally, a kick on one's buttocks. The bully gave Tom a kick in the seat of his pants as he walked by. Whoever has been spreading rumors about Cathy deserves a kick in the seat of their pants. Why did you give your brother a kick in the seat of his pants? What did he do to you?
2. A humiliating or frustrating disappointment or setback. Losing my job after my car broke down was a real kick in the seat of my pants. Having to move back in with my parents at age 40 is a kick in the seat of my pants all right. I can't believe we lost the championship match. Talk about a kick in the seat of our pants
3. A forceful rebuke or incitement intended to motivate one to act or improve. I know kicking you out is drastic, but I'm hoping it will be the kick in the seat of your pants you need to get your life in order. The coach's rousing half-time speech gave the team a kick in the seat of their pants. These days, teenagers seem to need a swift kick in the seat of their pants to convince them to do well in school.
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