kick the beam

kick the beam
phrasal
1. : to be extremely lightly weighted
2. : to become or be of extremely small value

the prices of building plots kicked the beam — Marguerite Steen


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • To kick the beam — Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick the beam — Be outweighed, be overbalanced, be overpoised, be the lighter …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • To kick the bucket — Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick the bucket — verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life She died from cancer The children perished in the fire The patient went peacefully The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102 • Syn: ↑die,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick the bucket — vb to die. The phrase dates from the 17th or 18th centuries and the bucket in question may be either a suicide s prop or, more probably, a British dialect word (also in the form bucker ) for the beam from which slaughtered animals were hung. ►… …   Contemporary slang

  • strike the beam — To be of little weight or importance (figurative from the lighter scale in a balance rising so as to strike against the beam) ● kick …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kick — (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the Great]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick — /kɪk / (say kik) verb (t) 1. to strike with the foot. 2. to drive, force, make, etc., by or as by kicks. 3. to strike in recoiling. 4. Football to score (a goal) by a kick. –verb (i) 5. to strike out with the foot. 6. to have the habit of thus… …  

  • To kick oneself — Kick Kick (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kicked} (k[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Kicking}.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.] 1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog. [1913 Webster] He [Frederick the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kick —    1. to die    Probably from the involuntary spasm of a slaughtered animal. Usually as kick in, it, off or up:     Thou s no kick up, till thou s right aul. (Picken, 1813 you won t die till you re old)    The common kick the bucket is supposed… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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