Meaning of kick something into touch in English:

kick something into touch


(also kick something into the long grass)
informal British
  • Reject, dismiss, or invalidate something.

    • ‘his modest request for £300,000 in public investment was kicked into touch by the Arts Council’
    • ‘a football star has won his legal battle to get a driving conviction kicked into touch’
    • ‘It can't have come as a great shock to Sharp that his application was kicked into touch.’
    • ‘But now a report from consultants has kicked the proposals into touch, forcing Mr Branston to abandon one of his big ideas.’
    • ‘A five-year battle to introduce protection for employees who blow the whistle on companies engaged in malpractice ended last week when the government effectively kicked the measure into touch.’
    • ‘It was obvious that the deal was no longer tenable, so we kicked it into touch.’
    • ‘Since the concept of a regulator for payments systems is so strongly disliked by banks, this consultative period may give them the chance to kick the whole thing into touch.’
    • ‘This is an ideal opportunity to debate the matter and it is wrong to kick it into touch once again.’
    • ‘Kicking the issue into the long grass beyond 2015 only emboldens our European competitors.’
    • ‘Both sides dug their heels in, and the album's American release was kicked into the long grass.’
    • ‘The issue has been kicked into the long grass until the party's main conference in October.’
    • ‘Other ministers have repeatedly kicked all proposals into the long grass.’


    With reference to rugby, the ball in touch being out of play.