#74 – TO KICK OFF


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Hello. This is Luke speaking, Luke from Luke’s English Podcast, and I am whispering to you in this one for no reason at all. In fact, well, to be honest, the main reason I am whispering to you like this is to creat a sense that this is somehow very important and very special information which I am only giving to you. Okey. So really I am whispering not because of a secret but just because I want to create the sense this is really important information. Okey. So listen very carefully because I am going to tell you only once.

This phrasal verb today is TO KICK OFF. It is nothing to do with I am whispering, in fact I could stop whispering that is a bit ridiculous. I think I have got your attention, haven’t I? Yes, I have. Good. So TO KICK OFF. This has got few meanings.

One of them is when a football match begins, the beginning of the football game, you get kick off or the game kicks off . You know, the game kicks off 7.30 for example. That is when the game begins by one player is kicking the ball in the beginning of the game. So we talk about kick off or when a game kicks off. But we do not just use to kick off to refer to like a football game. We also use it to explain that something has started. So it could be a meeting, let’s say or a show, the show kicks off at 8 o’clock, so do not be late, for example. Let’s, I thought, we just kick the meeting off by talking about the latest sales figures from last month. That would be fascinating meeting, wouldn’t it? We are going to kick off this tour of London by starting here at the Tower of London. There you go, to kick of the tour. So it just means to start, alright.

Now, here is another meaning of the phrase kick off, and it is used in passive form, meaning TO BE KICKED OFF, or TO GET KICKED OFF. It means that someone is forced to leave a place, alright. To be forced to leave. For example, we got kicked off the ground of the Tower of London for playing football on the grass, and a guard came over and kicked us off. Meaning that we got ejected or told to leave.

Have I been kicked off anything? No I haven’t. Because I am a law abiding citizen. If, for example, I do not know, you can imagine some teenagers, like playing on some kid rides, and the park warden was saying, look, you get off those rides, because you are not kids, you are too big for those rides, get off them, and then you know, we got kicked off the ride in the park today.

To get kicked off, to be kicked off. You can also kick off your shoes as well. If you kick off your shoes, when you kind of take the shoes off without necessarily using your feet. What! without using your hands, you just kind of using your feet to kick off the shoes and it is synonyms for relaxing. So, sit down, relax, and kick off your shoes and let’s kick off the movie, shall we. Right. That is it. Alright. I will speak to you again soon.

Alright. That is the end of this. Quickly . We have to end this meeting very quickly because police are coming and we can not let them find out I have been teaching you phrasal verbs free. I do not know why they would be worried about that, but they would be. This is the end of this slightly ridiculous and slightly stupid phrasal verb episode. Speak to you again soon.