Definition of kick against the pricks in English:

kick against the pricks

phrase

  • Hurt oneself by persisting in useless resistance or protest.

    • ‘And it's equally strange how much time you can spend kicking against the pricks, waiting and hoping for things to change - only to find that what you thought you wanted changed was really your safety net.’
    • ‘They are still kicking against the pricks for all they are worth but fortunately they have remembered to write some tunes this time around.’
    • ‘His conscience was reached: he faced up to the fact that he had been kicking against the pricks.’
    • ‘In his world at least those angry young men of his youth are still forever young and eternally kicking against the pricks.’
    • ‘He has constantly kicked against the pricks in the film business, hence the curmudgeonly tag.’
    • ‘I'm glad - more than glad, I'm indebted in a multitude of ways and even if I disagree with her on the details deeply grateful - that she is around to kick against the pricks, as exhausting and demoralizing an avocation as that is.’
    • ‘Young Tim just wants a 10-speed bike but the effort he expends kicking against the pricks - brother, parents, teachers - is enough to drive insane even the healthiest among us.’
    • ‘When I last left you - it seems so much longer than seven years - I knew in my heart that I was kicking against the pricks.’