Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: kick in

  1. Unregistered

    kick in

    Should I say "kick in" or "kick down" when someone kicked "in" or "down" the door at my house.

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409

    Re: kick in

    Strictly, if someone kicks or uses their shoulder to open a door, so that it is thrown open by the force, then we would say 'lick in'. If in the process of ramming the door with one's shoulder the whole door comes off its hinges and falls to the ground, then it's 'licked down'.
    In everyday speech, 'kicked down the door' covers whether it was 'in' or 'down', and whether they actually kicked it or used their shoulder.
    Again, to be precise, we don't actually 'kick' the door, as in the way we kick a football. Boy, that would hurt. Police, or the bad guys, slam the heel of the foot into the door near the lock area.
    Last edited by David L.; 14-Apr-2008 at 05:59.

Similar Threads

  1. kick into gear
    By Egyption Arrow in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Feb-2008, 17:43
  2. What a kick?
    By Deepurple in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 31-Jan-2008, 07:18
  3. What is wombat kick?
    By chitchit in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2007, 02:34
  4. Kick
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2004, 04:47
  5. AE: kick out
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Jun-2004, 11:26


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts