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kick·off

kickoff

 
pronunciation:
kIk awf [or] kIk awf
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a kick in football that puts the ball into action and signals the beginning or continuing of the game.
In the National Football League, a kickoff must travel ten yards or be touched by the receiving team.
definition 2: (informal) the beginning of something.
Max had a party to celebrate the kickoff of the new hockey season.