kick-off

kickoff

[kik-awf, -of]
noun
1.
Football. a place kick or a drop kick from the 40-yard line of the team kicking at the beginning of the first and third periods or after the team kicking has scored a touchdown or field goal.
2.
Soccer. a kick that puts a stationary ball into play from the center line of the field at the start of a quarter or after a goal has been scored.
3.
the initial stage of something; start; beginning: the campaign kickoff.
Also, kick-off.


Origin:
1855–60; noun use of verb phrase kick off

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kickoff

noun
1. (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score 
2. the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her" [ant: middle, end
3. a start given to contestants; "I was there with my parents at the kickoff" 
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