kick out(redirected from kick someone or an animal out)
1. Literally, to force someone or something out of some place by kicking. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "kick" and "out." I kicked the raccoon out through the open door. I opened the car door and used my foot to kick out all the trash that had piled up on the floor along the back seat.
2. To force a person or animal to leave some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "kick" and "out." The movie theater kicked out that guy for sneaking food inside. I had to kick the dogs out for a while because they were getting mud all over the house.
3. To expel someone from an organization. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "kick" and "out." Greg got kicked out of school for fighting. The board of directors kicked the CEO out of the company for his actions.
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kick out (at someone or something)
to thrust one's foot outward at something. The ostrich kicked out at the men trying to catch her. The mule kicked out and just missed me.
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1. Also, boot out. Throw out, dismiss, especially ignominiously. For example, George said they'd been kicked out of the country club, or The owner booted them out of the restaurant for being loud and disorderly. This idiom alludes to expelling someone with a kick in the pants. [Late 1600s]
2. Supply, especially in a sorted fashion, as in The bureau kicked out the precise data for this month's production. [Slang; late 1900s]
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To dismiss or expel someone; throw someone out: If you make too much noise in the movie theater, they'll kick you out. I got kicked out of French class for making fun of the teacher.
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