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kick (something) into touch

1. In rugby or soccer, to kick the ball outside of the bounds of play (i.e., "into touch"). Primarily heard in UK. Their team has been kicking the ball into touch much more frequently in these final minutes as they attempt to defend a narrow lead.
2. By extension, to halt or stall something, especially a plan or project, so as to postpone having to make a decision or action regarding it. Primarily heard in UK. I say we kick the app release date into touch until we can all agree on a marketing plan for it.
See also: kick, touch

kick something into touch

mainly BRITISH
If you kick something into touch, you stop it happening or succeeding. The controversial proposal to stage the World Cup every two years was kicked into touch yesterday — by its creator. Her challenge for the US Women's Open Championship was kicked into touch by a foot injury yesterday. Note: In rugby football, when the ball is kicked into touch it is kicked over one of the lines along each side of the pitch.
See also: kick, something, touch

kick something into touch

remove something from the centre of attention or activity. British informal
In football and rugby, the touchlines mark the sides of the playing area and if the ball is kicked beyond these (into touch ), it is no longer in play.
1998 New Scientist The British public is more interested in these matters than many politicians think. Such issues cannot be kicked into touch.
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In October campaigners kicked into touch plans by mobile phone giant Vodafone to build a 15-metre mast next to the changing rooms at Llanishen Rugby Club, off Usk Road in Cardiff.
According to the laws that is only permissible if the ball has not touched a spectator, and is the same one kicked into touch, but on this occasion neither of those facts applied.
They are to be futuristic, are they, or bogged down in the present drug-dependency culture and be kicked into touch or means-tested if they want help?
Cantona has kicked into touch talk of returning to Old Trafford to manage United.
IRELAND'S double Grand Slam dreams were kicked into touch by a rampant France in Paris.
Now, the 15 primary school children on Buchan Path in Glenrothes, Fife, have been kicked into touch after he arranged for a "no ball games" sign to be put up.
He can cite appropriately the administrative decisions which have had to be kicked into touch by the High Court, and the scant regard for habeas corpus and elementary human rights with the bid to increase the length of time suspects can be held in custody without charge.
Town season ticket holder James Lee was ready to prove England couldn't be kicked into touch during their World Cup campaign - he dressed up as the ball.
The ball was kicked into touch so many times that the stop-start nature of the game was more akin to rugby football while the ability to pass to fellow team members seem beyond many of the players.
Now their democratic rights have been kicked into touch.
Yet now when there is an upturn in orders their modest call for a pay rise of pounds 1 a week has been kicked into touch by company bosses.
Soccer star David Beckham has been kicked into touch for a cameo role on The Simpsons - because he's not famous enough.
SOCCER-MAD kids saw their dreams of watching local heroes Arsenal at Wembley kicked into touch - after teachers nicked their tickets.
First his idea of getting hitched in India, where they were engaged, got kicked into touch after Katy, 25, said she'd rather the ceremony was somewhere near their LA home.
SEGREGATION has been kicked into touch for Nuneaton's biggest game since their move from Manor Park to Liberty Way two seasons ago.