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kick·off

or kick-off  (kĭk′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n.
1. Football A place kick in football that starts play at the beginning of a half or after a team has scored.
2. Sports
a. A kick of a stationary ball from the middle of the field in soccer that starts play at the beginning of a half or after a goal has been scored.
b. A similar kick in Rugby.
3. Informal A beginning: the kickoff of a charity campaign.
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kick-off

Kick that puts the ball into play. The ball must travel at least 10 yds after a kick off. Either team may then recover it.
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kick-off

noun (Informal) start, opening, beginning, commencement, outset, starting point, inception people awaiting the kick-off of the parade
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Translations

kick-off

الرَّكْلَةُ الأُولَى výkop start Anstoß εναρκτήριο λάκτισμα saque inicial aloitus coup d’envoi početak calcio d’inizio キックオフ 시작 aftrap avspark rozpoczęcie meczu chute inicial, pontapé de saída начало avspark เริ่มเล่น başlama vuruşu thời gian bắt đầu 开球
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They're going to try, at any rate, and won't make such a bad fight of it either, mark my word; for hasn't old Brooke won the toss, with his lucky halfpenny, and got choice of goals and kick-off? The new ball you may see lie there quite by itself, in the middle, pointing towards the School or island goal; in another minute it will be well on its way there.
Old Brooke takes half a dozen quick steps, and away goes the ball spinning towards the School goal, seventy yards before it touches ground, and at no point above twelve or fifteen feet high, a model kick-off; and the School-house cheer and rush on.
And then follows rush upon rush, and scrummage upon scrummage, the ball now driven through into the School-house quarters, and now into the School goal; for the School-house have not lost the advantage which the kick-off and a slight wind gave them at the outset, and are slightly "penning" their adversaries.
Fixtures - Saturday, August 24: South of Scotland League Cup round two (all kick-offs 3pm): Lochmaben v Heston Rovers; Nithsdale Wanderers v Abbey Vale; Threave Rovers v Mid Annandale; Upper Annandale v Stranraer.
Injury-prone left-back Hinchcliffe, or 'Chinch' as he is affectionately known, won the 1995 FA Cup with Everton and was renowned for his accuracy with a dead ball, making him the perfect man to execute the Toffees' novel approach to kick-offs.
The Reds boss admits he found the concept of lunchtime kick-offs difficult when he first arrived in England but has now resolved the issues he had.
The Reds bossadmits he found the concept of lunchtime kick-offs difficult when he first arrived in England but has now resolved the issues he had.
Kick-offs are only as valuable as the actions that come after the event, so keeping track of what initiatives were agreed (with accountabilities assigned on the day) is important to make sure they happen.
The October 22 and 29 matches against newly-promoted Norwich City and then West Bromwich Albion have been pushed back to 5.30pm kick-offs and will be screened on ESPN Back-to-back Sunday afternoon fixtures then take place later the following month with the trip to Chelsea now on November 20 and the visit of Manchester City put back to November 27, with both games 4pm starts, live on Sky.
There are many different kinds of kick-offs, and it is important for the kicker to have worked on all of them prior to spring or fall practice.
PAUL Merson has called for an end to Saturday lunch-time kick-offs for Walsall.
POLICE want talks with television bosses over late kick-offs after Saturday's FA Cup tie between Everton and Manchester Utd erupted into violence.