kick up one's heels

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: kick, to, up
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