A good kick around
Compiled by John Millen
'A computer once beat me at chess. It was no good at kick-boxing, though.' Emo Philips - American comedian
A free kick
A free kick is a good thing in a football match, but what about a kick in the teeth? Would a player like to get one of those? What do these 'kick' noun phrases mean?
1 a kickabout
a. a short, unorganised game of football played just for fun
b. a football match that involves some excellent teamwork
2 a kick in the teeth
a. a very bad toothache
b. something mean or unfair that someone does to you when you are in need of support
3 a free kick
a. a chance to kick the ball without interference from opposing players in a football match
b. an illegal kick given to a player in a football match
4 a kick in the pants
a. something you say or do so that a lazy person will get going
b. a very unexpected, unpleasant surprise
Don't kick up a fuss!
What do these verbal phrases mean?
1 to kick an idea around
a. to informally discuss an idea with a few people
b. to reject an idea that someone has suggested
2 to kick up a fuss
a. to suppress anger instead of showing it
b. to publicly or loudly complain
3 to kick your heels
a. to fall over and hurt your feet
b. to have to wait a long time for something
4 to get a kick out of something
a. to get pleasure from doing something
b. to find something difficult to handle
Kick a habit
Match these five verbal phrases with their meanings
1 to kick the bucket
2 to kick someone when they are down
3 to have a kick to it
4 to kick the habit
5 to kick in
a. to do something bad to someone when they are in a weak state
b. to stop doing something harmful that you have been doing for a long time
c. to die
d. to start to take effect
e. to have a very strong taste
Complete these sentences using the correct 'kick' noun or noun phrase.
1 We all love football. We always have a ___________ in the playground at lunchtime.
2 I'm going to give him a ___________if he continues being so lazy.
3 Her boss gave her a real ___________ when he sacked her despite all the hard work she'd done.
4 The referee should award a ___________ after that foul.
The final kick
Choose the correct 'kick' expression to complete these sentences.
1 My mum ___________ playing mahjong with her friends at the weekend.
a. kicks up a fuss
b. gets a kick out of
2 It's an informal meeting. The three of us will just ___________
a. kick our heels.
b. kick a few ideas around.
3 We had to ___________ for five hours when the plane was delayed.
a. kick in
b. kick our heels
4 My dentist told me the painkillers would ___________ after an hour.
a. kick the bucket
b. kick in
5 This Japanese curry has ___________
a. a real kick to it.
b. a kickabout.
A free kick: 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a
Don't kick up a fuss: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a
Kick a habit: 1. c, 2. a, 3. e, 4. b, 5. d
Which kick: 1. kick around, 2. kick in the pants, 3. kick in the teeth, 4. free kick
The final kick: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a