Kick off – English Phrasal Verbs – Online English Lessons

1. To kick off something (or kick something off) is to remove your shoes by shaking your feet.

Examples of use:

a) He kicked off his shoes.

b) I can’t wait to kick off my shoes and relax in front of the TV.

c) She kicked her sandals off and stretched out on a sun lounger beside the pool.

2. To kick off is to start.

Informal English.

Examples of use:

a) The conference is kicking off at 10am.

b) News headline: Columbian teenagers kick off Junior World Cup.

c) News headline: China International Beer Festival to kick off in Dalian.

d) News headline: Tap dancers kick off festival.

e) We kicked off the party with a barbecue in the garden.

f) The New Year celebrations in London kicked off with a spectaular firework display.

3. To kick off is to suddenly get angry or upset, or to start making trouble by fighting or arguing

Informal British English.

Examples of use:

a) Our boss kicks off if he doesn’t get exactly what he wants.

b) He started kicking off when they wouldn’t sell him another drink

c) I can’t talk to my girlfriend about our problems without her kicking off.

d) When we told him he had to leave the company he kicked off and punched the door.

4. When a game of football kicks off, it starts.

Example of use:

a) The match kicks off at 2pm.

5. To kick someone off something is to force them to leave an activity or place.

Informal English.

a) They kicked him off the train because he was shouting and swearing at the other passengers.

b) I got kicked off my English course because I didn’t do my homework.

kick off
present simple
kick off and kicks off
-ing form
kicking off
past simple
kicked off
past participle
kicked off

Can you write a sentence using this phrasal verb?

Have you kicked off something (started something)?

Do you like to kick off your shoes at the end of a long day at work?

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