Meaning of kick someone in the pants in English:

kick someone in the pants


(also kick someone up the backside)
  • Prompt someone to make fresh effort.

    • ‘I can barely spend time with my extended kin without the having the urge to kick them up the backside.’
    • ‘I have a reason to kick you in the pants and light fire under you to keep you focused and keep you going.’
    • ‘His advice is always timely, full of common sense and he never hesitates to kick me in the pants when necessary.’
    • ‘So, I've been thinking I really need something to kick me in the pants and get me blogging again, I recall I used to rather enjoy it.’
    • ‘Maybe a jail term will kick him in the pants and straighten him out.’