a kick up the arse

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a kick up the arse

A forceful gesture or message of some kind (usually delivered with good intentions) that acts as motivation to the (previously unmotivated) recipient. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The threat of divorce was the kick up the arse he needed to start working on improving his marriage. These days, teenagers seem to need a swift kick up the arse to convince them to do well in school. No, you can't stay here anymore. I know that sounds drastic, but I think a kick up the arse like this will help you get your life in order.
See also: arse, kick, up
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