a kick up the backside

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a kick up the backside

A forceful gesture or message of some kind (usually delivered with good intentions) that acts as motivation to the (previously unmotivated) recipient. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The threat of divorce was the kick up the backside he needed to start working on improving his marriage.
See also: backside, kick, up

a kick up the backside

BRITISH, INFORMAL, RUDE or

a kick in the butt

AMERICAN, INFORMAL, RUDE
COMMON If someone or something gives someone a kick up the backside, they shock them into trying harder to do something. I hope this gives him the kick up the backside he needs. Maybe he'll try harder to look for a job now. Note: This expression is often varied. For example, in British English up the arse or in the pants can be used instead of up the backside, and in American English in the ass can be used instead of in the butt. He got four goals. But he needed a kick up the arse before he started to play properly. Note: You can also say that a person or event kicks someone up the backside or in the pants. Did you think universities needed kicking up the backside a little bit? He sometimes had to be kicked in the pants to make full use of his athletic gifts.
See also: backside, kick, up

a kick up the ˈbackside

(also a kick in the ˈpants) (informal) a shock, strong criticism, etc. which encourages somebody to do something or to behave better: What he needs is a good kick up the backside. Then he’d do some work.
Your backside is the part of the body that you sit on.
See also: backside, kick, up
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"I prefer a kick up the backside. I like to be told what I have done well and what I haven't done right.
LUKE SHAW has revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives the Manchester United players "a kick up the backside" if they slack off.
"I don't think he's conducted himself well recently, and I think he needs a kick up the backside," said Fletcher.
Liverpool's Champions League defeat at Napoli could prove to be "the kick up the backside they might need" reckons a former Reds player.
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"Hopefully it's a kick up the backside. Thankfully it wasn't in the semi because we would have probably copped a heavy scoreline against us."
"I'm disappointed because we came here feeling good and feeling ready, but we've had a kick up the backside," he said.
The England international claims a "kick up the backside" from Arsene Wenger during the break against Wigan Athletic inspired the Gunners' players, helping the north London club in winning the game 4-1 at the Emirates.
LEE Clark says Blues got a kick up the backside - and that should help them finish with a flourish.
GOALKEEPER Brad Jones admits Liverpool's fringe players "got a kick up the backside" from the Capital One Cup appearance of captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez - but insists they do not want to rely on the duo to get them out of trouble.
GOALKEEPER Brad Jones admits Liverpool's fringe players "got a kick up the backside" from the Capital One Cup appearance of captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez but insists they do not want to rely on the duo to get them out of trouble.
It gives us a kick up the backside and more motivation."
"I think it's given us all a kick up the backside that we need to knuckle down and improve.
"The result is maybe a kick up the backside that we needed," he said.
BIRMINGHAM boss Steve Bruce is hoping his side's 2-0 defeat to Hull is the "kick up the backside" his team need as they hope to revive their hopes of automatic promotion.