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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To inspect something to ensure it meets expected standards or has favored characteristics, typically before committing to purchasing or otherwise selecting it.
  • v. To inspect a vehicle's tires by kicking them to check for defects or poor quality.


Early 20th century. Tires on early automobiles were made of thin rubber and were sometimes of poor quality, hence a prospective buyer might kick them to see how thick they were or if they would deflate. (Wiktionary)


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