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kicker

[kik-er] /ˈkɪk ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that kicks.
2.
Informal.
  1. a disadvantageous point or circumstance, usually concealed or unnoticed:
    The tickets are free, but the kicker is that you have to wait in line for hours to get them.
  2. a surprising change or turn of events:
    The kicker was that their friends knew it before they did.
3.
something extra, as an additional cost or gain; an added expense or financial incentive.
4.
Draw Poker. a card, usually an ace or face card, held with a pair or three of a kind in the hope of drawing a matching card.
5.
(in concrete construction) a low plinth at the base of a column.
6.
kickers, Slang. shoes, especially leisure shoes.
7.
Nautical.
  1. a small, low-powered outboard motor.
  2. an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
8.
Slang. the alcoholic liquor in a mixed drink.
9.
Also called eyebrow, highline, overline, teaser. Printing, Journalism. a short line of copy set in a distinctive type above a headline and intended to call attention to it.
10.
Metallurgy. a charge of high-carbon iron that produces a vigorous boil when charged into an open-hearth furnace containing slag and molten metal of lower carbon content.
11.
Also called kicker light. Photography. a light source coming from the back and side of a subject and producing a highlight.
Origin of kicker
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75; kick + -er1
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  • But here's the kicker: even though no one else can get in, you can't get out!

    Suite Mentale Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "No, I'll go out after that kicker," he said, ashamed of his slovenly work.

    Blue-Bird Weather

    Robert W. Chambers
  • It was a kicker, like the ostrich; in fight it did not use its beak, but its foot.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Was the Marigold a real yacht, or just a row-boat with a kicker behind?

  • He hated the one twin for kicking him, and the other one for being the kicker's brother.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for kicker

kicker

/ˈkɪkə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that kicks
2.
(sport) a player in a rugby or occasionally a soccer team whose task is to attempt to kick conversions, penalty goals, etc
3.
(US & Canadian, slang) a hidden and disadvantageous factor, such as a clause in a contract
4.
(informal) any light outboard motor for propelling a boat
5.
(poker) the highest unpaired card in a hand, used to decide the outcome of an otherwise tied round
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Word Origin and History for kicker
n.

1570s, agent noun from kick (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kicker

kicker

noun

  1. A complainer; kvetch (1876+)
  2. A small motor, esp an outboard, used for a boat; eggbeater (1928+)
  3. Anything that gives great pleasure; kick: The kicker was the station wagon (1940s+)
  4. A hidden cost, qualification, defect, etc; catch: The kicker is that if you are subject to this requirement, your homeowner's policy will not cover the injuries/ The kicker to this one is simple (1970s+)

[fourth sense probably fr poker, ''a high card kept, along with a pair, in draw poker,'' found by 1892]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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