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.

1930–35, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase kick back

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kickback (ˈkɪkˌbæk)
1.  a strong reaction
2.  part of an income paid to a person having influence over the size or payment of the income, esp by some illegal arrangement
3.  (intr) to have a strong reaction
4.  (intr) (esp of a gun) to recoil
5.  to pay a kickback to (someone)

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Example sentences
Paying professors a dollar per book could be seen as a kind of kickback.
Not all countries though have these kickback programs that you speak of as one
So nine times out of ten, the policeman gets his kickback.
Doctor, hospital executive sentenced to prison in kickback.
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