kick back




  • verb to relax. A vogue term (sometimes occurring in the tautological phrase ‘kick back and relax/chill out’) from the lexicon of black street gangs, rappers and, subsequently, surfers, skaters, etc., and adopted by British adolescents in the mid-1990s. It may be based on the notion of a motorcyclist ‘throttling back’ or on the image of kicking away furniture in order to stretch out.