kicker light

kicker

[kik-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that kicks.
2.
Informal.
a.
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.
b.
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.
a.
a small, low-powered outboard motor.
b.
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:
1565–75; kick + -er1

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kicker (ˈkɪkə)
 
n
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.  slang (US), (Canadian) 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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