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[kik-awf, -of] /ˈkɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
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.
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.
the initial stage of something; start; beginning:
the campaign kickoff.
Also, kick-off.
Origin of kickoff
1855-60; noun use of verb phrase kick off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for kickoff
  • Last summer wheat was growing a kickoff distance afield of my door.
  • Rather, these goals represent the kickoff to lasting and growing success.
  • Plan on soothing the pain by knocking back a few extra beers before kickoff.
  • The kickoff should provide general information about the importance of setting goals.
  • He's a playmaker on special teams, punt and kickoff returns.
  • But the first episode of the fourth season is every bit as delicious as the kickoff of past seasons.
  • Things got understandably tense as kickoff came closer.
British Dictionary definitions for kickoff

kick off

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to start play in a game of football by kicking the ball from the centre of the field
(informal) to commence a discussion, job, etc
  1. a place kick from the centre of the field in a game of football
  2. the time at which the first such kick is due to take place: kickoff is at 2.30 p.m
  1. the beginning of something
  2. for a kickoff, to begin with
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Slang definitions & phrases for kickoff



: kickoff dinner/ kickoff speech


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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