Definition of kick off in English:

kick off

Translate kick off into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a football game, soccer game, etc.) be started or resumed after a score by a player kicking the ball from a designated spot.

    ‘The Ladies' exhibition football match kicks off at the Reebok at 3pm on Sunday.’
    • ‘I actually predicted before the England v France match kicked off that Beckham would retire from International football at the end of the Championship.’
    • ‘Usually when an FA Cup is played on a Saturday and a TV company wants to show the game live, it kicks off at around 12 noon or 1pm.’
    • ‘The strike took place just hours before a major European football match was due to kick off.’
    • ‘The game kicks off at 2.15 pm to allow spectators and players to watch the televised England v Ireland game.’
    • ‘Football matches in the English Premier and Nationwide leagues kicked off six minutes later than usual yesterday.’
    • ‘The Church of England is allowing clergy to change the time of Sunday's services so they don't clash with the England-Sweden game, which kicks off at 10.30 am.’
    • ‘The Academy game kicks off at 3.40 pm with the Bulls currently second in the table behind St Helens.’
    • ‘Our match kicked off at 11.30 the next morning, but we played better and beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1 - 0.’
    • ‘City's home match with Huddersfield has been switched to Sunday afternoon to avoid a clash with the Scarborough v Chelsea tie, which kicks off at 12.30 pm on Saturday.’
    1. 1.1(of a team or player) begin or resume a game by a player kicking a ball from a designated spot.
      ‘Their decision comes just three days before the England team kicks off against France as they bid to become Euro 2004 champions in Portugal.’
      • ‘Lancashire captain Andy Farrell kicked off in a game delayed by traffic congestion resulting from bad weather earlier in the evening.’
      • ‘Costa Rica kick off needing a point from this game.’
      • ‘Today's referee, Jeff Winter, gets the game underway with Charlton kicking off.’
      • ‘With the flip of a coin, a decision is made as to who kicks off first at a football game.’
    2. 1.2informal (of an event) begin.
      • ‘Bulgaria's new football championship season kicked off last weekend, implementing some interesting changes from past years.’
      • ‘He kicked off the campaign with a radio interview in New Hampshire on October 9.’
      • ‘The programme itself kicks off at noon with interviews and previews of the games to come.’
      • ‘David Beckham helped to kick off the latest campaign by the United Nations Children's Fund to end all forms of child exploitation.’
      • ‘With the Premiership season kicking off on Saturday, football has dominated the news, but there's plenty of other sport out there.’
      • ‘The National Football League kicks off its new season tonight and for the second year in a row the event is being marked with a live concert.’
      • ‘Jones was a relative late-starter in professional football when his career kicked off in 1986.’
      • ‘The team kicked off their season in a meeting with Washington State University last Saturday.’
      • ‘The beer festival kicks off at 7pm on July 29 and tickets are £6.’
      • ‘Thousands of people are expected to hit the streets of the East Yorkshire town as the annual event kicks off the countdown to Christmas.’
      start, begin, get going, get off the ground, get under way
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