a kick in (one's) pants

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a kick in (one's) pants

1. Literally, a kick on one's buttocks. The bully gave Tom a swift kick in his pants as he walked by.
2. A humiliating or frustrating disappointment or setback. Losing my job after my car broke down was a real kick in my pants.
3. A forceful rebuke or incitement intended to motivate one to act or improve. I know kicking you out is drastic, but I'm hoping it will be the kick in your pants you need to get your life in order. The coach's rousing half-time speech gave the team a kick in their pants.
See also: kick, pant
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