a kick up the backside


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kick up the backside

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 backside he needed to start working on improving his marriage.
See also: backside, kick, up

a kick up the backside

BRITISH, INFORMAL, RUDE or

a kick in the butt

AMERICAN, INFORMAL, RUDE
COMMON If someone or something gives someone a kick up the backside, they shock them into trying harder to do something. I hope this gives him the kick up the backside he needs. Maybe he'll try harder to look for a job now. Note: This expression is often varied. For example, in British English up the arse or in the pants can be used instead of up the backside, and in American English in the ass can be used instead of in the butt. He got four goals. But he needed a kick up the arse before he started to play properly. Note: You can also say that a person or event kicks someone up the backside or in the pants. Did you think universities needed kicking up the backside a little bit? He sometimes had to be kicked in the pants to make full use of his athletic gifts.
See also: backside, kick, up
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Let's hope new council leader Warren Bradley can continue his good start in giving those responsible a kick up the backside.
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CALLUM Thorpe admits Durham received a kick up the backside on the opening day of their County Championship defence.
He needs a kick up the backside from someone at the other end telling him to knuckle down.
Despite Gerrard's undoubted talent, Houllier felt the midfielder needed a kick up the backside, resulting in a short spell when he started games on the substitutes'bench.
I think he is on record as saying now and again I just needed a kick up the backside and he certainly gave me a kick up the backside.