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kick off meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to kick off" idiom?
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Idiom Conjugations:

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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Kicking off a party with some good food helps to set the mood.
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Idiom Usage:

This is a separable phrasal verb therefore:
kick off the meeting
kick the meeting off
kick it off
Literally - the kick off refers to a sporting event such a American football where the kick off by one team actually begins the game.

It is possible to use kick off to refer to the start of any procedure or event.
It is time to kick off the party.
Let's kick off with a prayer.
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Idiom Scenario 2:

Frank is talking to a colleague about an upcoming speech that he must give at a press conference ...
Colleague:  "Well, are you ready to give your speech?"
Frank:         "Almost.  I've written and practiced it.  I'm just not sure how to begin."
Colleague:  "Why don't you kick it off with a joke?"
Frank:         "Yes.  That might be a good way to start the speech."

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Idiom Scenario 1:

A group of managers are sitting around their meeting table ...
Leader:       "OK everyone.  We have a lot of topics to talk about today and only one hour for this meeting.  Who wants to kick off the meeting?"
Worker 1:  "I'll start.  The first thing we need to talk about is ... "

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Idiom Definition:

"to kick of (something)"
to begin; to start; to commence - (something)
Synonyms: appear, bud, commence, convene, embark, germinate, happen, inaugurate, instigate, institute, intro, introduce, jump, launch, make, occur, open, originate, set, start, trigger

The race will kick off when the starter's pistol fires ...

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