Idiom:  a kick in the pants

Meaning

Idiom:  (a/the) kick in the pants

  • something that gives you a very strong motivation to do something or to change your behavior


Example sentences

  • Getting cancer was the kick in the pants I needed to quit smoking.
  • When my son's unemployment benefits end next month it will give him a kick in the pants to apply for more jobs.
  • I almost wish my boyfriend would get arrested for drug possession. He needs something to give him a kick in the pants to stop doing drugs.
  • My lazy son needs a kick in the pants so we're going to start charging him rent.
  • Getting a DUI was embarrassing but it was the kick in the pants I needed to stop drinking.
  • I though losing your marriage would be the kick in the pants you needed to stop cheating but nothing's changed.
  • Wearing a FitBit was a kick in the pants for my mom to get up and move around during the day and now she loves getting her steps in everyday.
  • Not being able to get another credit card gave me a kick in the pants to start paying off my debts.


Synonyms

  • a swift kick in the pants
  • a kick in the seat of the pants
  • a kick in the butt/ass (slang - can be offensive)


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