a kick in the pants

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a kick in the pants

"a kick in the pants"

a strong message of encouragement or demand


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a kick in the pants

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How did your mid-year performance review go this morning?

Colleague 2:  Not well. The boss told me that I was under performing and was not using my potential to its fullest.  He told me I had better improve or risk losing my job.

Colleague 1:  I agree with him. You needed a kick in the pants for motivation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a kick in the pants

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  James! Get your lazy butt out of that bed and clean your room. There is no need to live in a disaster area. If you want your allowance, you also need to do your chores. Let's go! Now!

Father:  That seemed a little harsh.

Mother:  Sometimes James needs a kick in the pants to get up and get moving. There is no other way.

a kick in the pants - Usage:


a kick in the pants - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a kick in the pants.

a kick in the pants - Examples:

1)  ... not come entirely without a bit of criticism, exasperation and a kick in the pants.

2)  Yet Australian politics needs a kick in the pants, not a gentle push.

3)  ... the board and will be a whole lot better after receiving a kick in the pants from Matakanui Combined last week.

4)  ... measures is indirect - that they could give the continental economy a kick in the pants and get it moving again.

5)  It's about time the old ATX tower got a kick in the pants. It is a relic of times past and relevant to technologies obsolete decades ago ...

6)  If anything, Bitcoin has been a kick in the pants to legacy financial systems. They should have updated and modified their technology years ago.

7)  This issue gives the series a kick in the pants as far as the plot is concerned. It provides a grim but compelling view ...

8)  It sometimes takes a kick in the pants -- or unwanted publicity -- to get people to do the right thing.

9)  I think we need a little bit of a kick in the pants, and hopefully it's coming. 

10)  ... for private lessons. "It was basically to give him a kick in the pants," says the director.

11)  This team needs a kick in the pants, and a coaching change can do exactly that.

12)  ... can be a kick in the pants to work out longer, harder and with more enthusiasm.

13)  Whether this is just a kick in the pants for the political establishment or the beginning of something more enduring remains to be seen.

14)  We shared resources, and it was enough to give me a kick in the pants to give it a shot.

15)  I took BlackBerry's closure as an opportunity, maybe a kick in the pants, to get out there and start something new and do something exciting and fun.

16)  ... when it finally launches, will give existing ISPs like PTCL a kick in the pants to get moving again.

17)  Mr. Jain's insight should be a kick in the pants to those clinging to the old notion.

18)  These shows have proved to be a kick in the pants for us. Not only can we do it, we're better than ever.

19)  ... a new Tokyo adventure zone, and PVP will be getting a kick in the pants with content that takes advantage of the game's three-faction system.

20)  ... new and exciting places to shop and give the local economy a kick in the pants.