And why "reason" with those other Southern people who are trying to kick over the Republic!
The horses that kick over the traces will have to be put in a corral.
It is easier to "bear" things and grumble than it is to kick over the traces and change them.
Some horses show off better with it, and some are enraged and kick over the traces.
She is angry—she doesn't know what we mean—she'll kick over the milk!
He is inclined to kick over the traces, but I'll whip him in a little.
I can't understand why an old wheel-horse like Elsworth should kick over the traces that way.
Id just like to kick over that sign, Cleo whispered to Louise.
Unhappily, when harnessed to the same chariot, one of those steeds is very apt to kick over the traces.
So there were no more "fool thoughts" as to how a man might "kick over the traces."
late 14c., "to strike out with the foot" (earliest in biblical phrase now usually rendered as kick against the pricks), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse kikna "bend backwards, sink at the knees." "The doubts OED has about the Scandinavian origin of kick are probably unfounded" [Liberman]. Related: Kicked; kicking.
Figurative sense of "complain, protest, rebel against" (late 14c.) probably is from the Bible verse. Slang sense of "die" is attested from 1725 (kick the wind was slang for "be hanged," 1590s; see also bucket). Meaning "to end one's drug habit" is from 1936. Kick in "contribute" is from 1908; kick out "expel" is from 1690s. To kick oneself in self-reproach is from 1891. The children's game of kick the can is attested from 1891.
1520s, from kick (v.). Meaning "recoil (of a gun) when fired" is from 1826. Meaning "surge or fit of pleasure" (often as kicks) is from 1941; originally literally, "stimulation from liquor or drugs" (1844). The kick "the fashion" is c.1700.
[pocket sense fr late 17thcentury kicks, ''breeches'']