kick in

Definitions

General English

Slang

  • verb to contribute, subscribe or pay up. The phrase is more popular in the USA than in Britain. It is presumably based on the image of a circle of gang members each kicking a portion of their booty into a central pile. It usually has overtones of illegal, or at least unofficial, activity, such as bribery or a ‘whip-round’ to buy liquor.
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