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kickoff

[kik-awf, -of] /ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
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
1855-1860
1855-60; noun use of verb phrase kick off
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Word Origin and History for kick-off
n.

also kickoff, kick off, 1857, "first kick in a football match," from kick (v.) + off. Figurative sense of "start, beginning event" is from 1875.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kick-off

kickoff

modifier

: kickoff dinner/ kickoff speech

noun

The beginning; inauguration: He planned the kickoff of his campaign for Texas (1875+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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