Definition of kicker in English:


Line breaks: kick¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪkə


1A person or animal that kicks: the horses were either biters or kickers
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  • I found something quite significant while watching the tapes: the best underwater kickers don't kick parallel to the surface.
  • The kicker cannot kick and walk at the same time and therefore he is required to stop each time that he kicks, a continually moving target will really frustrate most attempts to kick.
  • Now, with those wars long past, both the puppy kickers and the apple-pie lovers are being trumped by the art historians - who want to give Rockwell a higher position in the pantheon of American art.
1.1The player in a team who scores or gains positional advantage by kicking.
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  • He tells his players there are no kickers on his team - no specialists.
  • Some people don't even consider kickers football players because so few take or deliver hits.
  • This will eliminate unapproved high kicking tees that kickers have used to give their forwards a high hanging ball.
2North American informal An unexpected and unwelcome discovery or turn of events: the kicker was you couldn’t get a permit
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  • In any event, the kicker will be what Costello is waiting gleefully to exploit: how will they pay for it?
  • But here's the kicker, we market it straight at kids.
  • And there's a kicker at the end, as cleverly foreshadowed by this link…
2.1An extra clause in a contract: Hale added a kicker to the mortgage
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  • Many investors like to buy investment trusts, as investing when discounts are large can add a extra kicker to their returns.
  • However, there's no reason to suspect that long-term interest rates will continue to fall, meaning that bond investors will no longer get that extra kicker in their returns.
  • This means there is no extra performance kicker from your option - if the market goes up or down 10 per cent, the value of your equity option goes up or down the exact same amount.
3 informal A small outboard motor.
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  • There are a couple reasons for wanting to install an auxiliary outboard (or ‘kicker’ engine) on a boat.
  • Mount a kicker to your transom without marring up the back of your boat with screw-down clamps.
4(In poker) a high third card retained in the hand with a pair at the draw.
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  • If kicker cards are paired the effect is cumulative.
  • One pair - two cards of one rank accompanied by a kicker.
  • They hold kickers, prefer aces over jacks, and even try to bluff the machine.

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