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    What's the meaning???

    I will appreciate if somebody explain me the meaning of the following sentence: "Kicking against the Pricks".
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    Re: What's the meaning???

    Can you tell us MORE about this expression? Where did you see or hear it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by narriag View Post
    I will appreciate if somebody explain me the meaning of the following sentence: "Kicking against the Pricks".
    Thanks,
    Nelson Arriagada
    I remember I saw this expression somewhere, searching the web:

    1. Expression of biblical origin (Acts 26:14) refering to Saul's persecution of the church.
    2. Fighting, denouncing, or otherwise going against a power to one's own detriment.

    An example:

    You've got to stop fighting change, you're just kicking against the pricks.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: What's the meaning???

    It is an old idiom - now suffering from language change. It would have to be "kick against the prickles" or "kick against the thorns" to avoid misinterpretation. It derives from the fact that if you are caught by a thorny bush, there is not much using kicking it.


    kick against the pricks = to resist incontestable facts or authority; protest uselessly: In appealing the case again, you will just be kicking against the pricks.




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    Re: What's the meaning???

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi narriag,

    There is in more common use the reminder “It is no use kicking against the pricks”.

    I know also “To kick agaist the goads”.

    goad (n) = a long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals

    "Kick against the goads" is a metaphor. Goads were used to prod cattle and livestock forward, and they would frequently kick back at them, only causing themselves more injury. The thought is that Paul has been kicking against God's "goading," and God has been trying to urge him to go in a certain direction.

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    Re: What's the meaning???

    I suggest that you not use this phrase - especially in the western world.

    The origin of the words are lost in today's world. Most folks won't understand it, especially with the under-30 crowd.

    Why ---??

    A "prick" is also known as a penis. Sometimes a person is called a prick when you mean he is a real jerk. You may also hear this as a dick.

    So . . . "kicking the pricks" could mean "getting back at the jerks."

    I'm sorry if I have offended anyone, but I want the OP to know what might be construed if he should use this phrase in certain settings.

    Best to leave it alone.


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    It is not so much a problem over here.

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    Re: What's the meaning???

    Are there no pr*cks in Britain?


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    Yes, we do. We just have so many other choice words for them that we use, because 'prick', in its vocalized sound, doesn't convey as much derisive and dismissive vehemence as others, such as 'wanker', 'tosser' and 'twat'.

    Somebody like to explain the meanings?

    False modesty.
    'twat' refers to the female genitals. (As susieddq mentioned, 'prick' refers to the most pronounced (adjectivally/literally speaking) part of the male genitalia.

    Other than that, modesty does prevail!
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    kick against the pricks
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