kick around (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb kick around (2).

Meaning: to treat someone badly

Synonym: mistreat

For example:

  • be kicked around by sb/sth During the recession, lots of people felt as if they'd been kicked around by banks, insurance companies and politicians.

  • kick sb around Any government that thinks it can kick people around will have problems in the future.

Quick Quiz:

If workers feel like they're being kicked around, they think they're being

a. poorly treated

b. well treated

c. treated fairly

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Contributor: Matt Errey