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 Kick (A).Kick the Beam (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Kick Over the Traces (To).
Not to follow the dicta of a party leader, but to act independently; as a horse refusing to run in harness kicks over the traces.   1
        “If the new member shows any inclination to kick over the traces, he will not be their member long.”—Newspaper paragraph, Feb., 1893.

 Kick (A).Kick the Beam (To). 


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