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Definition of "kickback" []

  • A sharp reaction; a repercussion. (noun)
  • Slang A return of a percentage of a sum of money already received, typically as a result of pressure, coercion, or a secret agreement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kickback" in a sentence
  • "It seems to require kickback from a speedy bullet to work the strong spring of the bolt."
  • "On Chanel 5 News in Phoenix they showed where a Doctor received a $53,000 kickback from the Libby Drug Company."
  • "I'm glad that some other people (apart from me) are starting to look positively towards this film, and believe me I'm not doing this for any publicity or kickback from the studio, I really am looking forward to it."