- v. transitive, intransitive Used other than as an idiom: see kick, up.
- v. figuratively, by extension, transitive, US To raise, to increase (a price).
- v. figuratively, transitive To stir up (trouble), to cause (a disturbance).
- v. idiomatic, intransitive To show anger (about something).
- v. idiomatic, intransitive, US To function improperly, to show signs of disorder, (of an illness) to flare up.
“Daffodils and hyacinths, she thought, swinging her arms to kick up her heart rate.”
“Continuously contract the muscles you are about to stretch on the front of your chest and the inside of your arms by pressing against the floor as you kick up into a hand-stand.”
“Queensberry," he said, "had engaged a stall at the St. James's Theatre, no doubt to kick up a row; but as soon as I heard of it I got Alick (George Alexander) to send him back his money.”
“What does it matter if old Mother Munns does kick up a shindy?”
“Well, then, why does the Ulsterman kick up such a pother?”
“Her red sneakers kick up dust as she races to another trailer, this one covered with Christmas lights and feathers and windcatchers.”
““Queensberry,” he said, “had engaged a stall at the St. James's Theatre, no doubt to kick up a row; but as soon as I heard of it I got Alick (George Alexander) to send him back his money.”
“… Those two kick up a fuss over anything and everything, and go for the police because the motors make too much noise when they stop in front of my petrol-pump …’”
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