to kick yourself

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - kick yourself

"to kick yourself"

to berate or reproach yourself because you have made a mistake, missed an opportunity or otherwise done something stupid


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - kick yourself

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard that Stewart got promoted? He advanced this really good idea that would save the company ten percent in raw materials and management rewarded him with a promotion.

Colleague 2:  That was my idea! I was just too timid to say anything.

Colleague 1:  I bet you are kicking yourself now?

Colleague 2:  I am so stupid and weak. What a loser I am.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - kick yourself

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  What are you doing home? Shouldn't you be driving to work right now? Aren't you going to be late?

Husband:  Yes. I am going to be very late. I forgot to check the weather forecast and the temperature went down to minus thirty degrees last night and I didn't plug the car in and now it won't start and I have to phone a tow truck for a service call. I am such an lazy idiot.

Wife:  Don't kick yourself too much. It was an honest mistake.

to kick yourself - Usage:


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to kick yourself - Gerund Form:

Kicking yourself for an honest mistake is not good for your self-esteem.

to kick yourself - Examples:

1)  Have you ever left an interview kicking yourself about one of the questions because you felt you either didn't answer appropriately?

2)  ... has tonnes of fantastic festivals and you'll be kicking yourself if you don't check out at least one during your trip.

3)  I know that at times you must be kicking yourself for selling out when seeing how the share has continued to rise. 

4)  You'll just kick yourself for it after a couple of years when Google no longer supports the apps.

5)  You'd be kicking yourself if you don't explore your options while you're young. 

6)  ... you have moments where you kick yourself and think, "I should have had that operation," or ...

7)  After a few days of kicking yourself for procrastinating, you do go for a run. Felt great!

8)  You file your income-tax returns at the very last moment, kicking yourself for not doing it on time and promising yourself that you'll be better ...

9)  If you hesitate and sterling slides you're left kicking yourself over your losses.

10)  ... and who are probably still kicking themselves for blowing that last game in November.

11)  Everybody in the room kicked themselves for not knowing the answer.

12)  What I usually deal with is the parent who is kicking themselves, saying, 'If I had just done this three months ago, ...

13)  Those who stayed away definitely won't be kicking themselves. It was no classic even by pre-season standards.

14)  ... is going to be kicking himself, most likely, for not doing a bit more in the middle rounds.

15)  In his moment of weakness he confessed. He's kicking himself. He has realised that if he had kept silent he would be continuing ...

16)  He's still kicking himself for not figuring it out earlier.

17)  It happens to the best of us I suppose, but I'm kicking myself for not sticking to the plan.

18)  It was so comfortable that I am kicking myself that we didn't even exchange names.

19)  As a fan, I spent rain delays using my program as an umbrella, kicking myself for not checking the weather before I went to Fenway.

20)  I stood there frozen, up to my eyeballs in my ignorance and innocence, kicking myself thinking that I should have taken the time to read more about this game.