the rurer of the worrd. (loudasthesun) wrote in linguaphiles,
the rurer of the worrd.
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Hugh Grant kicked out at

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/02/grant.beans.reut/index.html

"Actor Hugh Grant will not face charges over claims he attacked a photographer with a tub of baked beans and kicked out at him, the Crown Prosecution Service said on Saturday."

"Kick out" means to expel or force someone out, whereas "kick at" means to attempt to physically kick, but for some reason I think it implies not actually succeeding.

"Kick out at" though, I've never heard. I'm American (California/West Coast) and I find that really weird.

British English or typo?
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