kick at

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kick at someone or something

to make kicking motions toward someone or something. The horse kicked at me, but I knew it was just a threat. The boys kicked at the can aimlessly.
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Mean ([+ or -] standard deviation) kinematic descriptors of the kick at impact under each approach condition.
Babies continued to kick at their previous rates if the liner displayed triangles instead of squares, but kicking dropped off drastically if circles or stripes adorned the liner.