1. (US) a repercussion, usu. negative.
|Clarion 52: Never [...] advertise an unwilling testimonial because that kind always has a kickback.|
|Continental Op (1975) 44: He will have an alibi in case there is a kickback.‘The Golden Horseshoe’ in|
|Cool Customer 284: There isn’t going to be any kick-back on this job, is there?|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 231: ‘Webber won’t like this,’ Mandon said. ‘To hell with what he likes,’ I said. ‘Too much chance for a kickback . . .’.|
|Shiralee 223: All the questions; there might be some kick-back.|
|Pop. 1280 in Four Novels (1983) 459: As soon as [...] we’re sure there ain’t any kickbacks from them two pimps I killed.|
|Observer 11 July 29: No strings. No kickback.|
|We Own This City 268: ‘They wonder why, when police—good cops—try and do their investigations and do their job the right way, and they get so much kickback and flak from the community’.|
2. in financial or commercial contexts.
(a) (orig. US Und., also kick) a payment (prob. illegal) made to a person who has facilitated a deal, a transaction, someone’s appointment to a job etc; also attrib.
|Hamilton Spectator (Vic.) 3 July 2/3: With us ‘kick’ is a novelty, but a drug at Ballarat. The essence of this facinating game is ‘bribery,’ and, of course, ‘corruption’.|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 65: If you think you’ve got a kick coming, I’ll do what’s right. You can have half of the ten thousand.‘Ruffian’s Wife’ in|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 137: kick back A return of money.|
|USA Confidential 13: In some favored cases they are permitted to run some of their own operations without kickbacks.|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 117: About Johnny and the Rosebowl and the top room, and the small kickbacks that Nicky gave me.|
|Executioner (1973) 123: Payola for the deejays and kickbacks to the record shops if they sell a certain quota.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 57: There’s a word for that seventy-five [thousand dollars] [...] Kickback is the one I had in mind.|
|Skin Tight 81: The secondary income derived from bribes and kickbacks was substantial.|
|Change of Gravity [ebook] ‘Not paying him kickbacks, anything like that just giving him lots of nice presents’.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Selling information to the opposition, taking kickbacks.|
|Powder 226: We’ll put her on the guest list and make a fuss of her at the aftershow. That’s her kickback.|
|Week (US) 29 June 6: He was only a scapegoat for a practice of accepting kickbacks that was common in the ’80s and ’90s.|
|Sucked In 201: Gilpin channelled his kickback earnings through the accounts.|
|Fever Kill 77: Get some kickback with smuggling over the border.|
|Bangs 403: Joey and Brother snatched a few select diamonds for their own kick.|
|Opal Country 291: ’He told me [...] that Topsoil had you on a lead, handing you kickbacks’.|
(b) a portion of one’s profits that is handed over as ‘protection money’.
|Put on the Spot 206: Kickback [...] Payment pro rata of loot.|
|Black Metropolis 484: A ‘kickback’ of perhaps half a million dollars a year to ‘downtown’ makes the policy racket a lucrative one for the machine in power.|
|Sisters of the Night 54: These bar owners aren’t bothering with anything as obvious as kickbacks.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 155: Roman got me giving him a kickback on all the whiskey money I pick up.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 97: The governor’s kick-backs for copping a deaf ’un were too big.|
(c) a commission on a payment made by the payee to the customer, usu. a genteel euph. for a bribe.
|Golden Gate 308: Longshoremen were finding it tougher than ever to get jobs, even through kick-backs of pay, bottles of liquor, and cigars [DA].|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 8: Pilferage, shakedowns, kickbacks, bribes, short-gangs [...] and a dozen other smart operations.|
|Blood Brothers 195: Stony, how much kickback you get from the Greek’s today?|
|You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 332: The kickback on three drinks is not going to pay her rent.|
|Indep. Traveller 28 Aug. 1: Recommending approved priests to tourists – in return for kickbacks.|
|(con. late 19C) Shady Ladies of the Old West 🌐 Fraudulent champagne (which usually ran $1 a glass, an amount on which the girl commonly got a kickback).|
(d) attrib. use of sense 2a.
|Mad mag. Sept. 34: A fair kickback fee is 25% of the Specialist’s regular fee.|
3. (US drugs) a return to addiction despite efforts to abandon drug use.
|AS XI:2 123/1: kick-back. The addict’s almost inevitable return to narcotics after kicking the habit.‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 1 in|
|Traffic In Narcotics 311: kick-back. A relapse into addiction after a period of abstinence.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 135: kickback [...] A relapse, a return to taking drugs after one has been withdrawn from them.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
4. (US) a response.
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 57: They issued a bulletin [...] It went out 8/24/65. [...] LAPD got kickbacks.‘Stephanie’ in|