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Dictionary Definition

kickback n : a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction

User Contributed Dictionary



From en-term kick + en-term back.


  1. a clandestine payment in return for a favor; especially an illegal one
  2. recoil; a sudden backward motion, usually in the direction of the operator.
  3. countable machinery an accident wherein an object being cut by a rotating blade or disk, such as a circular saw, is caught by the blade and thrown outward
  4. a dangerous buildup of gas pressure at the wellhead
  5. countable bowling the board separating one bowling lane from another at the bridge In [[contract bridge">pit] end
  6. uncountable bridge In [[contract bridge, an ace asking convention initiated by the first step above four of the agreed trump suit.

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Extensive Definition

Kickback usually refers to:
It can also refer to:
  • The sports section of the long defunct Channel Four Daily
  • A variant of Blackwood convention in contract bridge
  • Kickback (Transformers) is an Insecticon character from the various fictional Transformers universes
  • With power tools, a "kickback" happens when stock, such as wood, being fed into the power tool, is suddenly pushed backward toward the operator, potentially causing injury
  • In the Oil industry "kickback" refers to a sudden dangerous build up of pressure at the well head which could lead to an explosion
  • The NATO reporting name for the Raduga Kh-15 guided missile
  • The French metalcore band Kickback.
  • The Kickback, a 1922 film starring Harry Carey.
  • The recoil of a firearm.
  • A one-armed dumbell exercise performed to strengthen the triceps
  • A social gathering, usually consisting of multiple teenagers, where the main activity is socializing and relaxing.

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