kick·​er | \ ˈki-kər How to pronounce kicker (audio) \

Definition of kicker

1 : one that kicks or kicks something
2 : an unexpected and surprising remark, revelation, or set of circumstances

Examples of kicker in a Sentence

The real kicker came when the chairman announced that he was quitting.

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Because he was designated a franchise player, the 49ers faced a Monday 1 p.m. deadline to sign the 36-year-old kicker to a long-term deal. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Robbie Gould lands 4-year, $19 million deal from 49ers after all," 15 July 2019 The San Francisco 49ers and place kicker Robbie Gould agreed to a new deal early Monday morning, and with an hour before the 4 p.m. ET deadline, the Atlanta Falcons had ironed theirs out with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Franchise-tag roundup: Robbie Gould, Grady Jarrett get new deals; Texans' Jadeveon Clowney doesn't," 15 July 2019 Open up with a minimum bid on the top kicker on the board. Brandon Niles,, "How to Convert Fantasy Football Draft Strategies into Auction Strategies," 11 July 2019 Robbie Gould’s status for this season remains uncertain as the NFL kicker holds out for a trade from the 49ers, but the status of his home in Illinois has become clear. Jack Flemming,, "San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould boots Illinois home for $1 million," 12 June 2019 At the moment the only kicker on Ohio State’s roster is Blake Haubeil, who still has two years of eligibility left. Stephen Means,, "Ohio State football lands commitment from five-star kicker Jake Seibert," 4 June 2019 The real kicker came when the queen's official gifts to President Trump were revealed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Savage Tweets About Donald Trump's Day with the Royals During His U.K. State Visit," 3 June 2019 Following the draft, Rodgers wasted no time and expressed interest in signing the kicker. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals rookie kicker Matt McCrane learns from Phil Dawson as he pursues dream," 22 June 2018 The kicker wore a purple visor, black tank top, purple basketball shorts, white socks and black Under Armour cleats. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "He kicked a cat as someone yelled 'field goal' in video. City wants help finding him," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of kicker

What It Is

In the finance world, a kicker is a feature that makes a security more attractive.

How It Works

Often, kickers are equity kickers, which are the right but not the obligation to buy shares of the issuer of a bond. These equity kickers come with the bond, making them more saleable to investors.

Sometimes, kickers aren't useful. For instance, they might offer the bondholder the right to buy shares at $8 a share, which only comes in handy if the shares are trading above $8. In those cases, the bond issuer might increase the coupon rate instead.

Why It Matters

Kickers get deals done. They make securities more saleable, and they help companies raise the capital they need to raise to grow. For investors, kickers can raise the gains or profits they might earn on a security.

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English Language Learners Definition of kicker

: a person who kicks something especially : a person who specializes in kicking the ball in a sport like American football
US, informal : a sudden and surprising occurrence, remark, etc.

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