kick off

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kick off

  1. Start, begin, as in They kicked off the celebration with a parade. This term alludes to starting play by kicking the ball in soccer, football, and similar sports. [Mid-1800s]

  2. See kick in, def. 2.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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