Idiom: a kick in the pants
Idiom: (a/the) kick in the pants
- something that gives you a very strong motivation to do something or to change your behavior
- 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.
- 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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