a kick up the backside

informal
something that shocks people and makes them decide to try harder

Their leaders need a kick up the backside if they're going to save the economy.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) kick up the backside — British & Australian, very informal if you give someone a kick up the backside, you do or say something to try to stop them being lazy. He does nothing but watch TV all day. His mother should give him a kick up the backside. The threat of losing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) kick up the backside — a kick up the backside informal phrase something that shocks people and makes them decide to try harder Their leaders need a kick up the backside if they’re going to save the economy. Thesaurus: surprises and shocking eventssynonym Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick up the arse — noun A severe reprimand, especially one to motivate someone into doing something. Syn: kick up the ass, kick up the backside, kick up the bottom, kick up the bum, kick up the butt …   Wiktionary

  • (a) kick up the arse — British & Australian, very informal if you give someone a kick up the backside, you do or say something to try to stop them being lazy. He does nothing but watch TV all day. His mother should give him a kick up the backside. The threat of losing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • a kick in the pants — (or up the backside) informal an unwelcome surprise that prompts or forces fresh effort the competition will be healthy, but we needed a kick in the pants …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick — I UK [kɪk] / US verb Word forms kick : present tense I/you/we/they kick he/she/it kicks present participle kicking past tense kicked past participle kicked *** 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to hit someone or something with your foot Mum! Jimmy… …   English dictionary

  • Kick — Kicking redirects here. For the Austrian villages, see Kicking, Austria. For other uses, see Kick (disambiguation). Kick A Roundhouse kick to the head during Taekwondo Tournament …   Wikipedia

  • kick — kick1 W3S2 [kık] v [I and T] 1.) to hit something with your foot kick sth down/over/around etc ▪ Billy was kicking a ball around the yard. ▪ The police kicked the door down. kick sb in the stomach/face/shin etc ▪ There was a scuffle and he kicked …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kick — 1 verb 1 HIT WITH YOUR FOOT (I, T) to hit something with your foot: She kicked me under the table. | Joe, stop kicking! | kick sth down/over etc: The police kicked the door down. | kick sth around/towards etc: Billy was kicking a ball around the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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