- noun the start of a football game
- phrasal verb
(written as kick off)to start a game of football
(written as kick off)to die. A later variation of kick the bucket, the equivalent of the British and Australian kick it.
(written as kick off)to leave, go away
(written as kick off)to lose one’s temper, start to fight. First heard in the speech of the north of England, the phrase became popularised by TV soap operas and became generalised by the mid-1990s.
- noun the place kick from the centre spot that begins the match
- noun the time at which a football match is due to start