- kick kick [kɪk] verbkick in phrasal verb1. [intransitive] informal if a system, arrangement, event etc kicks in, it begins to have an effect:
• Many lawyers are hurrying to arrange settlements before the new tax rules kick in.2. [intransitive, transitive] kick something → in to join with others in giving or making money, especially in order to help people:
• In eight years, companies have kicked in $300,000 towards community improvements.
• Sales per employee - one measure of how the staff may or may not be kicking in for a company - rose by 8%.kick something → off phrasal verb1. [transitive] FINANCE if an investment kicks off payments, it produces those payments for the investor:
• Single-state muni funds kick off income that is exempt not only from federal taxes but from state taxes as well.2. [intransitive, transitive] informal if a meeting, event etc kicks off or you kick it off, it starts:
• The conference was scheduled to kick off at noon.
• The company will kick off its advertising campaign in the UK next week.kick somebody → out phrasal verb [transitive]informal to dismiss someone from a job or make them leave a group:kick somebody → out of
• Some of his fellow attorneys tried to kick him out of the profession.
* * *kick UK US /kɪk/ verb [T]● kick sth into touch — Cf. kick sth into touch● kick the tyres — Cf. kick the tyres● kick sb upstairs — Cf. kick sb upstairs● kick sth upstairs — Cf. kick sth upstairs
Financial and business terms. 2012.