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/ ˈkɪk ər /
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a person or thing that kicks.
- 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.
something extra, as an additional cost or gain; an added expense or financial incentive.
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.
(in concrete construction) a low plinth at the base of a column.
kickers, Slang. shoes, especially leisure shoes.
- a small, low-powered outboard motor.
- an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
Slang. the alcoholic liquor in a mixed drink.
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.
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.
Also called kicker light .Photography. a light source coming from the back and side of a subject and producing a highlight.
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How to use kicker in a sentence
The office-door stood wide open and the kickers were welcomed, as you might say, with open arms.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
He and Felton were two of Harvard's greatest punters, and both of them were leftfooted kickers.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
Of course there were kickers, but those kind of people will be found everywhere.An American Hobo in Europe|Ben Goodkind
There's kickers and biters and shirks amongst them; but if they won't learn and can't learn, they get 'condemned.'The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
This is particularly noticeable in cases where the parts are regularly and repeatedly injured as in habitual kickers.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
British Dictionary definitions for kicker
/ (ˈkɪkə) /
a person or thing that kicks
sport a player in a rugby or occasionally a soccer team whose task is to attempt to kick conversions, penalty goals, etc
US and Canadian slang a hidden and disadvantageous factor, such as a clause in a contract
informal any light outboard motor for propelling a boat
poker the highest unpaired card in a hand, used to decide the outcome of an otherwise tied round
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