A good kick around

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 May, 2011, 12:00am

'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

Which kick?

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


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