Slang definitions & phrases for kick in the pants, a
kick in the ass, a
A surprising and dampening rebuff, misfortune, etc; a slap in the face
A strong stimulus or impetus; a SHOT IN THE ARM: If this campaign doesn't get a kick in the ass we're dead/ The sizzle of the 24valve V8 Mercedes M3 assures the driver of the right kind of kick in the pants(1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with kick in the pants, a
a kick in the teeth. A humiliating setback or rebuff. For example, That rejection was a real kick in the pants, or That review was a kick in the teeth. A third, vulgar variant of these colloquial terms is
a kick in the ass. Versions of this last expression—
kick in the breech, kick in the behind—have been used since the early 1800s.
A cause of enjoyment, as in That show was a real kick in the pants. This meaning is virtually the opposite of def. 1 and can be differentiated from it only by the context.