from The Century Dictionary.

  • To show repugnance or resistance to something; refuse submission or compliance; be refractory.
  • To kick against; show repugnance or opposition to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To kick against; to show repugnance to; to rebuff.
  • intransitive verb To kick back; to kick against anything; hence, to express repugnance or opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To kick back; to kick against anything.
  • verb by extension To express repugnance or opposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient


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  • To kick back, hence to resist. From Latin calx, heel; calcitrare, ‘kick back’ (as a horse does with its hind leg).

    July 2, 2009