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kick up (one's) heels

To enjoy oneself without restraint. Now that that big acquisition is finally over, we can kick up our heels and celebrate!
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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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kick up one's heels, to

To enjoy oneself exuberantly; to frolic. This term, which calls to mind a prancing horse or a vigorous dancer, originally meant to be knocked down or killed. Thomas Dekker used it in this sense in his play, The Honest Whore (1604): “I would not for a duckat she had kickt up her heeles.” The modern sense dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
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