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kick
American English: /kɪk/
British English: /kɪk/

Translation of kick in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 countable 1.1 (by person)
    (by horse) coz (feminine)
    she gave the door a kick
    le dio or le pegó una patada a la puerta
    what she needs is a kick up the backside [colloquial]
    lo que necesita es una patada en el trasero [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • But when the paramedics tried to leave, two youths attacked them, raining kicks and blows down on their heads and ribs.
    • Zhao said she fell to her knees, and then felt repeated kicks or blows to both sides of her head.
    • A more probable explanation for some injuries was that they were caused by blows and kicks.
    1.2 (in swimming) 1.3 (of gun)
    Example sentences
    • He felt the kick of the sniper rifle in his hands.
    • Many recruits were worried about the kick of a rifle.
    • She could see that he hadn't been lying when he had mentioned the gun's vicious kick; some of the students were unprepared and flinched backwards on impact.
  • 2 [colloquial] 2.1 countable (thrill, excitement) he seems to get a kick out of making her cry
    parece que se deleitara haciéndola llorar
    they broke the fence just for kicks
    rompieron la valla nada más que por divertirse
    he gets his kicks from driving like a maniac
    manejar or (Spain) conducir como un loco es como una droga para él
    Example sentences
    • She has a 15-year-old son who goes to Orchard Park, where teenagers were photographed sniffing petrol for kicks.
    • Extra undercover officers will patrol city estates in a bid to curb the antics of youngsters who steal cars for kicks or take them for use in other crimes and then burn them out.
    • He denied that pupils at his school were taking horse tranquillisers for kicks or that they were less than communicative because of their drug habits.
    2.2 uncountable (stimulating effect) this cocktail has a real kick to it
    este cóctel es explosivo
    este cóctel pega fuerte [colloquial]
    2.3 countable (fad, phase)I'm on a health food kick at the moment
    ahora me ha dado por los alimentos dietéticos
    Example sentences
    • Lately I have been back on the self-examination kick.
    • It's part of the whole nostalgia kick, I suspect.
    • The last couple of years I've been on a big Motown kick.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (person)
    dar patadas
    patalear
    (swimmer)
    patalear
    (horse)
    cocear
    dar coces
    to kick and scream
    gritar y patalear
    they had to drag him there kicking and screaming
    tuvieron que llevarlo hasta allí a rastras
    Example sentences
    • The appeal follows a recent spate of vandalism where bins have been set alight, plant pots have been kicked over and garden furniture damaged.
    • When he reached the bedroom, he kicked the door open with his foot.
    • Caine kicked the door open and hauled them both inside.
  • 2
    (dancer)
    levantar una pierna
  • 3
    (gun)
    dar una coz or un culatazo or una patada
    Example sentences
    • The gun kicked so hard, Bethany smacked herself in the forehead.
    • You expect very small, very powerful guns to kick hard enough to hurt you.
    • The rifle kicked against his shoulder and the thundering of musket fire grew louder.

transitive verb

  • 1
    (ball)
    patear
    darle una patada or un puntapié a
    she kicked him in the shins
    le pegó una patada en la espinilla
    he kicked the boxes out of the way
    quitó las cajas de en medio de una patada
    he kicked the door open/shut
    abrió/cerró la puerta de una patada
    he was kicked by a horse
    le dio una coz un caballo
    she kicked the bedclothes off
    se destapó pataleando
    to kick oneself
    darse con la cabeza contra la pared
    darse de patadas
    to kick somebody upstairs
    ascender a alguien para quitárselo de en medio
    to kick somebody when he's/she's down
    pegarle a alguien en el suelo
  • 2 (stop) [colloquial]
    (habit)
    dejar
    (heroin)
    desengancharse de
    I used to smoke, but I've finally kicked it
    antes fumaba pero he logrado quitarme el vicio
    Example sentences
    • Some people have said it's easier to withdraw from heroin than to kick the tobacco habit.
    • A cocaine vaccine developed by a UK pharmaceutical company could help cocaine addicts kick their habit.
    • It's National No-Smoking Day on Wednesday, a day when millions of tobacco addicts try to kick their unpleasant habit.

Phrasal verbs

kick about

(British English)
kick around

kick against

verb + preposition + object
(rules/authority)
rebelarse contra

kick around

[colloquial]
1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (treat badly)
maltratar
tratar a las patadas [colloquial]
1.2
(idea/suggestion)
estudiar
1.3to kick a ball around
2verb + preposition + object 2.1 (be present)
andar por
he's still kicking around London, isn't he?
todavía anda por Londres, ¿no?
2.2 (wander aimlessly)
deambular or andar dando vueltas por
3verb + adverb (be present) this umbrella's been kicking around for months
hace meses que este paraguas anda (dando vueltas) por aquí

kick back

verb + adverb (American English)
[colloquial]
tranquilizarse, calmarse

kick down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(door)
echar abajo or derribar (a patadas)

kick in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(door)
echar abajo or derribar (a patadas)
I'll kick your teeth in!
¡te voy a hacer tragar los dientes! [colloquial]
2verb + adverb (contribute money)
(American English) [colloquial]
contribuir
poner

kick off

1verb + adverb 1.1 (in football) they kick off at three
el partido empieza a las tres
1.2 (begin) [colloquial]
(person/meeting)
empezar
2verb + adverb + object (begin)
(discussion)
iniciar
empezar
(show)
abrir

kick out (of)

verb + object + adverb (+ preposition + object)
his parents have kicked him out
sus padres lo han echado de casa or [colloquial] lo han puesto de patitas en la calle
she was kicked out of college
la expulsaron de la universidad
he got kicked out of the bar
lo echaron or lo sacaron del bar a patadas [colloquial]

kick up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (raise)
(leaves/dust)
levantar
2verb + adverb + objectto kick up a fuss o stink
armar una bronca [colloquial]
montar un número or un cirio (Spain) [colloquial]
to kick up a din o row
armar un escándalo

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