kick in the pants

a (forceful) reminder to start or get going

That kid needs a kick in the pants to get his homework done today.

See Also: kick someone in the pants, light a fire under

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  • kick\ in\ the\ pants — • kick in the pants • kick in the teeth n. phr. informal Unexpected scorn or insult when praise was expected; rejection. Mary worked hard to clean up John s room, but all she got for her trouble was a kick in the teeth. Compare: slap in the face …   Словарь американских идиом

  • kick in the pants — phrasal : a humbling setback * * * kick in the pants (informal) A sharp telling off intended to make the recipient put in more effort • • • Main Entry: ↑kick …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick in the pants — or[kick in the teeth] {n. phr.}, {informal} Unexpected scorn or insult when praise was expected; rejection. * /Mary worked hard to clean up John s room, but all she got for her trouble was a kick in the teeth./ Compare: SLAP IN THE FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kick in the pants — or[kick in the teeth] {n. phr.}, {informal} Unexpected scorn or insult when praise was expected; rejection. * /Mary worked hard to clean up John s room, but all she got for her trouble was a kick in the teeth./ Compare: SLAP IN THE FACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Kick in the pants — sharp reprimand …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • kick in the pants — Australian Slang sharp reprimand …   English dialects glossary

  • kick in the pants — v. (Slang) scold, reprimand …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kick in the pants — n. something that motivates or gets somebody to do something …   English slang

  • kick in the pants —  Crude and vigorous reproof. Set back …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • 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

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