kick off

[kick off] {v. phr.} 1. To make the kick that begins a footballgame.

John kicked off and the football game started.

2. {informal}To begin; launch; start.

The candidate kicked off his campaign witha speech on television.

The fund raising drive was kicked off witha theater party.

3. {slang} To die.

Mr. Jones was almost ninetyyears old when he kicked off.

Syn.: KICK THE BUCKET.