a kick in the seat of the pants

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a kick in the seat of the pants

"a kick in the seat of the pants"

a strong message of encouragement or demand


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a kick in the seat of 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 seat of the pants for motivation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a kick in the seat of 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 seat of the pants to get up and get moving. There is no other way.

a kick in the seat of the pants - Usage:


a kick in the seat of the pants - Gerund Form:

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

a kick in the seat of the pants - Examples:

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

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

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

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

5)  It's about time the old ATX tower got a kick in the seat of 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 seat of 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 seat of the pants as far as the plot is concerned. It provides a grim but compelling view ...

8)  It sometimes takes a kick in the seat of 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 seat of the pants, and hopefully it's coming. 

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

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

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

13)  Whether this is just a kick in the seat of 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 seat of the pants to give it a shot.

15)  I took BlackBerry's closure as an opportunity, maybe a kick in the seat of 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 seat of the pants to get moving again.

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

18)  These shows have proved to be a kick in the seat of 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 seat of 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 seat of the pants.