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to cause trouble or discomfort. The ignition in my car is kicking up again. I will have to have it looked into. Aunt Jane's arthritis is kicking up. She needs to see the doctor again.
Malfunction, cause trouble or pain, as in My grandmother's arthritis is kicking up again. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see act up; also subsequent entries beginning with kick up.
1. To increase the amount or force of something by some degree; intensify something by some amount: We were a little chilly, so I kicked the temperature up three degrees. Kick up the tempo during the chorus of the song.
2. To increase in amount or force; intensify: The waves at the beach really kicked up in the afternoon breeze.
3. To begin to take place spontaneously: A sandstorm kicked up when we were driving through the desert.
4. To arouse some activity: Those troublemakers kick up trouble wherever they go.
5. To show signs of activity, especially of disorder: His ulcer has kicked up again.