a percentage of income given to a person in a position of power or influence as payment for having made the income possible: usually considered improper or unethical.
a rebate, usually given secretively by a seller to a buyer or to one who influenced the buyer.
the practice of an employer or a person in a supervisory position of taking back a portion of the wages due workers.
a response, usually vigorous.
a sudden, uncontrolled movement
of a machine, tool, or other device, as on starting or in striking an obstruction: A kickback from a chain saw can be dangerous.
Origin: Related forms
1930–35, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase kick back