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- (transitive, intransitive) To make the first kick in a game or part of a game.
- The players kick off for the third quarter and the clock starts.
- (idiomatic, transitive, intransitive) To start; to launch.
- Let's kick off this project with a planning meeting.
- 2013, Louise Taylor, English talent gets left behind as Premier League keeps importing (in The Guardian, 20 August 2013)
- Not since Coventry in 1992 has a Premier League side kicked off a campaign with an all-English XI but things have reached the point where, of the 61 signings who have cost the elite division's 20 clubs a transfer fee this summer, only 12 have involved Englishmen.
- To dismiss; to expel; to remove from a position.
- I got kicked off the team after a string of poor performances
- (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) To die or quit permanently.
- It's a wonder that old dog hasn't kicked off yet.
- (idiomatic) To shut down or turn off suddenly.
- The washer was working fine until it kicked off in the middle of a cycle.
- (US, idiomatic, ranching, slang) To force the weaning of a bovine cow's calf by restricting the calf's access to its mother's udders. Used figuratively or literally.
- A week after we kicked off her calf that cow was still bawling.
- (UK, idiomatic, colloquial) To be overcome with anger, to start an argument or a fight.
- When she called him a drunk, it was the last straw. He just kicked off.