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kick out (someone) or kick (someone) out
to make someone go or leave, to dismiss someone
The school kicked out the boy because of his bad behavior.
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  • kick over
  • kick the bucket
  • kick the habit
  • kick up a fuss/storm
  • kick up one`s heels
  • kid around (with someone)
  • kid's stuff
  • kill off (something) or kill (something) off
  • kill the fatted calf
  • kill the goose that lays the golden egg
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  • a stuffed shirt
  • hit the road
  • go (someone) one better
  • smear campaign (against someone)
  • lose out on (something)
  • in one ear and out the other
  • come to a standstill
  • get (something) off one's chest
  • all systems go
  • make a fool out of (someone)


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  • We use both during and in to say that something happens inside a particular period of time.
      We'll be on holiday during/in August.
      I woke up during/in the night.
  • We prefer during when we stress that we are talking about the whole of the period.
      The shop's closed during the whole of August.
      (NOT . . . in the whole of August.).
  • We use during, not in, when we say that something happens between the beginning and end of an activity (not a period of time).
      He had some strange experiences during his military service.
      (NOT . . . in his military service.).
      I'll try to phone you during the meeting. (NOT . . . in the meeting.)
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