a casual kick

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  • Dalian

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    That's the problem I have too. I just came across this phrase on a piece of test paper, which asks me to explain it without giving any context...I don't have any clue about it.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    My first impression is that it is the abbreviated form of "a casual kick in the butt".

    A kick in the butt would ordinarily mean that someone has strongly motivated a person to do something (usually by some sort of threat, or some sort of actual "whipping").

    A casual kick would, by extension be a mild threat of some sort to motivate someone towards some desired behavior.
     

    Nunty

    Senior Member
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    On the other hand, someone who is looking at the new car a friend just bought might give the tire a casual kick.

    An adult who walks past some children playing football might see that the ball has gone off the field and return it to them with a casual kick.

    In other words, without context there is no way to know.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Or...

    Downing a bottle of vanilla extract has enough alcohol in it to give you a casual kick--you won't get drunk, but it might loosen you up a bit.
     
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