kick up (one's) heels


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kick up (one's) heels

1. To engage or partake in jovial festivities, especially by dancing. They spent most of their Saturdays kicking up their heels at the various nightclubs around town.
2. To relax or lounge with one's feet elevated, as on a sofa, recliner, bed, etc. After such a long week, all I wanted to do for the evening was kick up my heels and watch some movies with a big bowl of popcorn.
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kick up one's heels

Enjoy oneself, as in When she retires, she plans to kick up her heels and travel. This expression originated about 1600 with a totally different meaning, "to be killed." The modern sense, alluding to a prancing horse or exuberant dancer, dates from about 1900.
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kick up your heels

BRITISH
If you kick up your heels, you enjoy yourself a lot, for example at a party. Lucia was spotted kicking up her heels in the Tangiers Club. After years of working hard and raising all those children, I could kick up my heels and go entirely where I wanted to. Note: This refers to a horse that has been released into a field, as horses commonly do this as they gallop off.
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kick up your heels

have a lively, enjoyable time. chiefly North American
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kick up your ˈheels

(informal, especially American English) be relaxed and enjoy yourself: Now that he’s more confident in his job, perhaps he can kick up his heels and stop looking so worried all the time.
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kick up (one's) heels

Informal
To cast off one's inhibitions and have a good time.
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