kick up v.
1. to cause trouble, to react unfavourably, usu. in combs., see below and at individual nouns.
|Midas I ii: Nor doubt I, with my voice, guittar and person, Among the nymphs to kick up some diversion.|
|Living Picture of London 159: Another of the same stamp had offered him ‘hush-money,’ on his ‘kicking up a bubbery’ at the public-house, where it happened.|
|Londonderry Sentinel 5 Apr. n.p.: [He] meets with the mob, and then [...] cries ‘Kick up a dust, but keep peace all the while’.|
|Columbia Phoenix (SC) 20 Apr. 4/2: Lucy [...] you’re a critter as has kicked up a good deal of mischief with me — but I forgive you.|
|‘Lannigan’s Ball’ in Yankee Paddy Comic Song Book 5: Myself got a lick from big Phelim McHugh, / But soon I replied to his kind introduction, / And kicked up a terrible Phillabaloo.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 27 June 11/1: Dear Bob, – I am sorry to tell you that I am going away up North on a station to live with Tom. I promised him to go the time you went to town and kicked up such a spree.|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 92: Oh what a hullabaloo that stranger kicked up.|
|Humoresque 214: You just kick up nasty at the last minute and watch me!‘Heads’ in|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 30 Jan. 62/1: He’s continually dinging at me about getting married, and then when I show [...] interest in anybody, there he goes kicking up the dust.|
|Western Morn. News 10 Mar. 4/2: Greevey made a threat to ‘kick up murder’ as she was coming up the street.|
|We Who Are About to Die 108: The men kick up the devil of a racket.|
|Casino Royale (1955) 21: We shall be lucky if they don’t kick up rough.|
|Observer 3 Oct. 27: He’s kicked up rough about the Sensation exhibition.|
2. to create, to make something happen; thus kicker-up, one who creates, who makes things happen.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 150/1: ‘Blast my hyes if she ain’t a saucy little jade,’ cried Folkstone, as he rapturously eyed his little ‘kicker-up’ of graft.|
|(con. 1950s) Jamaica Labrish 163: Dem leggo line an kick up shine / An call it Carnival!‘Free Movement’ in|
3. to raise the volume, e.g. on a stereo.
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 59: Cooper slapped in a Buddy Miles cassette [...] and kicked it up.|
4. (US) to start.
|Corner (1998) 270: If Family Affair had testers out yesterday during ‘All My Children,’ then you best get your ass down to mount Street when the same soap kicks up tomorrow.|
5. (US Und.) to pass on a share of a bribe to a senior rank in one’s organization.
|Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 28: You can do about anything in this country as long as you kick up to the feds. Uncle wants his taste.|
|The Force [ebook] The patrolmen would kick up to the sergeants, the sergeants to the lieutenants, the lieutenants to the captains, [etc].|
6. of rain or storms, to be extreme.
|Decent Ride 78: It’s fuckin kickin up up big time ootside.|
to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.
|Whizzbang Comics 39: Neddy naughtily nodded and began to kick up a fuss as well.|
|Jennings Goes To School 55: I thought he’d kick up no end of a fuss.|
|Apprentices (1970) Ii iii: Do you think I should? Kick up a fuss?|
to make a great fuss.
|Ulysses 327: Jesus, there’s always some bloody clown or other kicking up a bloody murder about bloody nothing.|
|Quare Fellow (1960) III i: Some hungry pig ate half his breakfast and he kicked up murder.|
|(con. 1930s) Teems of Times and Happy Returns 162: I’ll as’ for me dinner, an’ if it’s not ready I’ll kick up murder.|
to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.
|Englishman Returned from Paris in Works (1799) I 112: You know we intend to kick up a riot to-night at the play-house.|
|Leeds Intelligencer 19 Apr. 4/1: It is held to be rather a desire of kicking up a riot against persons than measures.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 223: From morn to night thou’rt never quiet, / Unless when kicking up a riot.|
|Life’s Painter 133: Patriots, ’bout freedom will kick up a riot / Till their ends are all gain’d, and their jaws then are quiet.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 302: From morn to night thou’rt never quiet, / Unless when kicking up a riot.|
|Morn. Post (London) 8 June 1/2: Perhaps kicking up a riot, / Might make the loyal brawlers quiet.|
|Love and Law III i: He was the original cause of kicking up the riot.|
|Chester Courant 5 July 4/4: As they persisted in kicking up a riot, he endeavoured to take the soldier into custody.|
|Biglow Papers (1880) 50: Sam gets tipsy an’ kicks up a riot.|
|Reynolds’s Newspaper 28 Sept. 4/4: Not long since the aristocratic patrons of an aristocratic theatre amused themslves by kicking up a riot.|
see under row n.1
see under shindy n.
(N.Z.) to make a fuss, a commotion.
|Word for Word 181: Been running round kicking up bobsy-die all morning.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 17/1: bobsy-die fuss or fun; common phr. ‘kicking up bobsy-die’; ironic C18 English nautical almost rhyming ‘bob’s-a-dying/ idling’ underwent sea change to NZ C19, possibly picking up ‘bobbery’ or shindy, from Hindi ‘bapre’. Ngaio Marsh used original in Surfeit of Lampreys: ‘If she’s right ... it plays Bobs-a-dying with the whole blooming case.’.|
|‘White Cross Draws Fire’, on N.Z. Doctor Online 20 Nov. [Internet] The IPA will be ‘kicking up bobsy-die’ if White Cross expands, he says.|
see cut up jack v.
SE in slang uses
see push up (the) daisies v.
see under sand n.1