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This sentence is from a novel:

Georgie could hear him sitting back in his chair. She could picture him, too--long legs kicked up, resting on the edge of their shared desk.

What does kick up mean? I couldn't find the meaning in the dictionaries, but does it sound like what it is that he is kicking his leg upwards and rests it on the desk?

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Here it means that his feet are resting on the edge of the desk & at a glance it might look like he's in the middle of a kick - legs in the air - but he's really stationary.

This phrase is not meant to be taken literally (in the sense of the act of kicking), but is more used to be evocative.

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  • I suspect the legs kicked up usage may derive (or at least, have gained traction) from kick back and relax, which itself probably owes something to sit back and relax. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 1 '15 at 12:06
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    Worth noting that kick up your heels is an idiom which means relaxed and happy! – Maulik V Oct 1 '15 at 12:12

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