kick about

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kick about

1. Literally, to kick an object to move it around repeatedly, usually as a form of amusement by oneself or with others. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "kick" and "about." You want to go outside and kick a soccer ball about? He's been out there kicking about that old bottle for a half hour. You want to go ask him what's wrong?
2. To repeatedly treat one poorly, usually in a way that demeans or takes advantage of them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "kick" and "about." I've let you kick me about for a long time, but enough is enough. I quit! He started becoming a bit of a bully in high school, kicking about kids who were younger or smaller than he.
3. To discuss or consider something casually or informally, especially a plan or idea. We've been kicking about the possibility of moving to Portland, but it's still just an idea. Let's all get together and kick about some ideas for the script.
4. To spend time idly or aimlessly (in some place), especially by wandering around. I had a few hours to kill before my train left, so I just kicked about in the city center for a while. Swing by the house some time! I'm usually inside kicking about.
5. To continue to remain alive despite one's old age. If I'm still kicking about when they invent a hoverboard, I'm going to try it, even if it's last thing I ever do! I can't believe Old Man Murphy is still kicking about. He must be over 100 by now!
6. To complain about or protest against something; to kick up a fuss about something. We've been kicking about these conditions for months, but management has so far refused to do anything about them. If you don't kick about it, nothing will ever change.
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kick about someone or something

Fig. to complain about someone or something. Why are you kicking about your cousin? What has he done now? They kicked about our regulations, but they finally accepted them.
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