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kick-ass American English

Meaning: forceful, aggressive

For example:

  • Geoff says he's sick of kick-ass politicians sending our kids off to die in unnecessary wars.

  • Some people seem to think a macho, kick-ass image is good for the country, but I think it makes us look like immature schoolyard bullies.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Bill's got a real kick-ass attitude, so he's
  1. easily kicked
  2. really aggressive
  3. good at negotiating

Discuss: kick-ass

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