Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Kicksy-wicksy.

 Kickshaws.Kid (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A horse that kicks and winces in impatience; figuratively, a wife (grey mare). Taylor, the water poet, calls it kicksie-winsie, but Shakespeare spells it kicky-wicky.   1
“He wears his honour in a box unseen
That hugs his kicky-wicky here at home,
Spending his manly marrow in her arms,
Which should sustain the bound and high curvet
Of Mars’s fiery steed.”
All’s Well that Ends Well, ii. 3 (Globe ed.).

 Kickshaws.Kid (A). 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.