Meaning of kicker

kick•er

Pronunciation: (kik'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that kicks.
  2. The tickets are free, but the kicker is that you have to wait in line for hours to get them.
    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. 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. shoes, esp. leisure shoes.
    1. a small, low-powered outboard motor.
    2. an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
  7. the alcoholic liquor in a mixed drink.
  8. Also calleda short line of copy set in a distinctive type above a headline and intended to call attention to it.
  9. 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.
  10. Also calleda light source coming from the back and side of a subject and producing a highlight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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