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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kicker definition


  1. n.
    a clever but stinging remark; a sharp criticism; a zinger. : I waited for the kicker, and finally it came.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The real kicker though is going to be the huge impact on the services side.
And the kicker not obtaining health insurance through an employer.
The kicker, the real fly in the ointment in all this, is global climate change.
Instead of graft call it a bonus, or an equity kicker.
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