kick in

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Verb[edit]

kick in (third-person singular simple present kicks in, present participle kicking in, simple past and past participle kicked in)

  1. (transitive) To kick or strike so as to cause the object struck to collapse or fall inwards.
    Upon hearing residents in the burning house, the passerby kicked in the front door and yelled to those inside.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To start, connect, or take effect, especially in a sudden way.
    You have to push the switch hard to get the heater to kick in.
    I took my medication an hour ago, and it hasn't kicked in yet.
  3. (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To contribute, especially to a collection of money.
    For the year-end party, we're asking each employee to kick in twenty dollars.
    This is a worthy charity, so everyone should kick in.

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