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kick in

kick in

Date: Dec 02 2010


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I tried to give him advice. I told him to protect himself. My father instinct kicked in.”

- Actor Denzel Washington on meeting Justin Bieber. (Us Weekly)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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start to have an effect

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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The pop star Justin Bieber isn’t exactly a baby. He’s sixteen. But he does have a baby-face. Maybe that’s why Denzel Washington’s parenting instinct kicked in the moment he met Bieber. He suddenly wanted to protect, nurture, and guide the young star.

Most people have a parenting instinct. But we might not feel it until we have a child of our own, or until we get around a younger person who needs our help or guidance. Then that protective, nurturing instinct will begin to affect us, or kick in.

When something kicks in, it begins to operate or have an effect. For instance, if a law kicks in, you have to start obeying it. If you are sick, you might start to get better once your medicine kicks in. Or if an emotion kicks in, you suddenly start to feel it.

Has anything new kicked in for you recently?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I hope this medicine kicks in soon, I feel terrible.”

“Sarah wasn’t interested in children when she was younger, but after her first baby was born her mothering instinct kicked in and she became a great mom.”

“Once the new smoking laws kick in, we won’t be able to smoke at restaurants anymore.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

to begin suddenly
by Bitten by an Arab bug
began to take effect
by hermit_in_life
Gaby313 started to be effective.
by Gaby313

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Oh yeah I have to practice my aerobic exercises more often from now! This weekend I had I "kick off" in other words, my 6 kms running was my kick in hehe :P

12:24 PM Apr 04 2011 |



When I heard my boyfriend has two kids, I was so worry about to get along with them. Until we have been lived together for 6 months, my mothering instinct kicked in.

12:30 PM Dec 12 2010 |



the lessons from EB site kicked in my english classes and I start to figure the speakers out.

06:46 PM Dec 11 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

people usually dont adjust with new laws fast but as soon as they are kicked in they abide by them

10:53 AM Dec 08 2010 |

Gloria Fransisca

Netherlands Antilles

when I begun to study every day it kicks in

02:21 AM Dec 08 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

i want to guess and win

10:41 PM Dec 02 2010 |





10:29 PM Dec 02 2010 |




I understand Denzel Washington. I have three sons. The middle one is 16 years old!Although, with our own children and other teenagers are often not well accepted.


06:14 PM Dec 02 2010 |



I am happy with my new relationship… and i want that everything kicks in good!! Laughing

05:18 PM Dec 02 2010 |




I hope this new phrase will kick in on my words reserve when I need it)

09:38 AM Dec 02 2010 |


United States

there are many things that kick in me like my work, my study, my friends… But the newest thing is my girlfriend. She only shout anything, I'm kicked in right away.

07:16 AM Dec 02 2010 |

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