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kick ass

1. rude slang, verb To defeat someone or something decisively. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "ass." We weren't prepared for that game, and the other team kicked our asses.
2. rude slang, verb To physically attack one; to beat one up. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "kick" and "ass." I'll kick your ass if I ever see you talking to my girlfriend again.
3. rude slang, verb To be very effective or successful. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "ass." This new strategy is really kicking ass and keeping the groundhogs away from my vegetable garden!
4. rude slang, verb To be excellent or exceptional. That move kicked ass! All movies should be like that!
5. rude slang, verb To motivate one or shock one out of complacency. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is not used between "kick" and "ass." The professor's speech today kind of kicked my ass and made me realize I need to start applying myself.
6. rude slang, adjective Excellent or exceptional; awesome. In this usage, the phrase is hyphenated or spelled as one word. That was a pretty kick-ass rollercoaster. Whoa, check out that kickass bike.
See also: ass, kick

kick-ass

and bust-ass
1. mod. powerful and vigorous. (Usually objectionable.) The guy’s a real bust-ass bastard!
2. mod. really fine; excellent; cool. (Usually objectionable.) That was a real kick-ass party you had the other night!
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