To kick oneself
Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster]

He [Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his judges. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out of the apartment for making too much noise. [PJC]

3. (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they kicked three field goals in the game. [PJC]

4. To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities; as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit. [PJC]

{To kick the beam}, to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found wanting in weight. --Milton.

{To kick the bucket}, to lose one's life; to die. [Colloq. & Low]

{To kick oneself}, to experience strong regret; as, he kicked himself for not investing in the stock market in 1995. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To kick the beam — Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To kick the bucket — Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick oneself — (informal) To regret something one has done or has failed to do • • • Main Entry: ↑kick …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick oneself — idi to reproach oneself: I could kick myself for forgetting her birthday[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • kick oneself — verb To reproach oneself for making a mistake or missing an opportunity. Hes still kicking himself for not investing three years ago …   Wiktionary

  • kick oneself — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be sorry or ashamed; regret. * /When John missed the train, he kicked himself for not having left earlier./ * /Mary could have kicked herself for letting the secret out before it was announced officially./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kick oneself — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be sorry or ashamed; regret. * /When John missed the train, he kicked himself for not having left earlier./ * /Mary could have kicked herself for letting the secret out before it was announced officially./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kick\ oneself — v. phr. informal To be sorry or ashamed; regret. When John missed the train, he kicked himself for not having left earlier. Mary could have kicked herself for letting the secret out before it was announced officially …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Kick — (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the Great]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick — {{11}}kick (n.) 1520s, from KICK (Cf. kick) (v.). Meaning recoil (of a gun) when fired is from 1826. Meaning surge or fit of pleasure (often as kicks) is from 1941; originally lit., stimulation from liquor or drugs (1844). The kick the fashion is …   Etymology dictionary

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