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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykick in
he/she/itkicks in
present participlekicking in
past tensekicked in
past participlekicked in
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] informal to start to have an effect
    The medicine took some time to kick in.
    The new rules kicked in last year.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] American to give something, especially money
    Sweden has kicked in about $10 million for the aid package.
  3. 3
    kick someone’s face/teeth/head in to hurt someone badly by kicking them
    The hoodlums kicked Jones’s teeth in before making off with his money.
  4. 4
    kick the door in to break a door by kicking it
    When the police came, they had to kick the door in to get into the apartment.
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