Kick in the Pants

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Kick in the Pants”.

What does “kick in the pants” mean?
  • a forceful message to motivate someone
  • a scolding that makes a person improve his/her behavior
How to use it?
  • Note that “kick in the pants” is usually delivered with good intentions.
  • Use “kick” as a noun: Someone needs a good kick in the pants.
  • Add adjectives before “kick”, “a good kick in the pants”, “a swift kick in the pants”, etc.
Examples:
  • His son needs a swift kick in the pants to get his life back on track.

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References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/