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phrasal verb informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykick around
he/she/itkicks around
present participlekicking around
past tensekicked around
past participlekicked around
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to discuss an idea or suggestion in an informal way
    We kicked around a few ideas.
  2. 2
    [transitive]kick someone around to treat someone in an unkind and unfair way
    He told the reporters they wouldn’t be able to kick him around any more.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive]kick around (something) if people are kicking around, or kicking around a place, they are in that place without any definite plans
    Two friends and I decided to kick around the beach for a few days.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if something is kicking around, you have it but you are not certain exactly where it is
    There’s a box of matches kicking around somewhere.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if an idea or suggestion is kicking around, people know about it but no one is doing much about it
    The idea of a new school gym has been kicking around for a while now.
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  6. 6
    [transitive] to kick a ball in a casual way without showing much enthusiasm or seriousness
    The boys were kicking a ball around in the yard.
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