I came across a sentence from ESLPod, episode 6 of "A day in the life of Jeff", as below,

After a busy week, all I feel like this doing is kicking back with a good movie.

I guess I know the meaning of this whole sentence. It means "After a busy week, all I want to do is relax and watch a movie". I am not sure what it means by "this doing" here. Could someone explain what grammar it is?

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    I'm pretty sure that this is not meant or supposed to be used there. May 7, 2016 at 2:30
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    It's true that kick back can be used informally to mean "to relax", but the sentence sounds a bit too strange for me to think it's grammatical. However, this would be fine with me: After a busy week, all I feel like doing is kicking back with a good movie. (Note that I'm not a native speaker, and I can't say that I'm familiar with all dialects of English.) May 7, 2016 at 2:50
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    I don't know about "this doing", but you could use a possessive pronoun, like in my doing. Ex: "It was not my doing."
    – user3169
    May 7, 2016 at 2:59
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the quotation contains a typographical error.
    – user3169
    May 7, 2016 at 4:10
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    @user3169: Normally I'm fine with closing typo questions, but in cases where dedicated ESL material has an error, I'm not sure that's necessary. It seems much more likely that more learners would a) run across the problem, since it's for learners (especially as opposed to a specific printing of a famous book that happens to introduce an error not present in other printings) and b) be led astray by a seemingly authoritative source which is specifically trying to teach English. May 7, 2016 at 4:39

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The sentence in the source material is grammatically incorrect, and would sound wrong to a native speaker. The word 'this' shouldn't be there. If this quote is from a textbook, I would say it's a poorly written one.

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