- 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.
- a surprising change or turn of events: The kicker was that their friends knew it before they did.
- a small, low-powered outboard motor.
- an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
Origin of kicker
Examples from the Web for kicker
And the kicker is—some of the candidates are even Republicans.
The kicker to it is that the worst part is that the person in the nightmare experience ends up being a Democrat too.Thong Models, Racist Rants, and Other Salacious Bits from Scott Walker’s Secret Email Trove|Ben Jacobs|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The kicker: “Grossly inaccurate,” attributed to Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain.‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Parodies: Lena Dunham, 50 Cent & More (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And, of course, the kicker, “Ben Affleck, argo find your seat.”SAG Awards 2013: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey & More Best Moments (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then closed with a recycled, but always poignant, “red state/blue state/UNITED states” kicker.
Then he returned to the Kicker office and worked until noon.
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)
Any save ordinary passes to quarter or kicker were beyond Crane, and so most of the direct passes were eliminated.Center Rush Rowland|Ralph Henry Barbour
When the kicker in politics dies he stays dead a long time; when an opportunity passes it may never recur.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle
“I am the new owner of the Kicker,” Hollis informed him with a smile.
1570s, agent noun from kick (v.).