obzor_inolit (obzor_inolit) wrote in linguaphiles,

"can't kick"

It's an excerpt from a story about American teenage boys who were in school in mid-60s:

"Their friendship had shrunk to a glancing, rote exchange of greetings when
passing, How you doin’?

Not bad -- you?

Can’t kick".

What could mean "can't kick" in this context? I know that mostly "can't kick" is used with a noun: "can't kick the habit" etc. But just "can't kick"? I'm perplexed...

UPDATE: Thanks to everybody!
Peop;e seem to think unianimosely that it has to mean "can't complain". If you have a different idea, please comment.
Tags: idioms, slang

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