kick butt

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kick butt

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

kick (some/somebody’s) ˈass/ˈbutt

(taboo, slang, American English) act in a very firm, controlling or aggressive manner: Now let’s kick some butt! ▶ ˈkick-ass adj. (taboo, slang, American English) very good: a kick-ass rock band
See also: ass, butt, kick

kick butt

verb
See also: butt, kick
References in periodicals archive ?
Fifteen years ago, she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting.
I learned a lot from (South African coach) Eddie Barlow and he kicked my butt when I was practising wrong.
Fish, who was defeated by the Scot last year on his way to the title, said: "He was playing some spectacular tennis at the time and pretty much kicked my butt from the start last year.
That hill beat me - it kicked my butt,'' said Ritz, who had just two canteens of water with him.
He has kicked my butt on the tennis court on many occasions.
He gave me confidence when I lacked it, he inspired me when I was down, he kicked my butt when necessary (which I no doubt deserved half the time), and truly made me feel important.