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.
Recent Examples on the Web Apricot has a round, rich sweetness; the orange is mild citrus; and the pomegranate a jolt of exploding acid, and that was the kicker. Gordon Hamersley,, 14 June 2022 The Brewers lost four games in three days (including a Saturday doubleheader), and the kicker came Sunday, when the Brewers lost a 5-3 lead in the ninth but reclaimed control on a Brett Phillips RBI single in the 10th. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2022 The expected size of the kicker tripled since February. oregonlive, 18 May 2022 But that was the case with Cade York, the LSU kicker drafted in the fourth round. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 14 May 2022 But here’s the kicker: In my experience, the longer a subjective chain of events, the less likely the stated hypothesis will actually happen. Amiee Ball, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Last week, Vogel became the first USFL kicker to make a 50-yard field goal and did a yard better than that in Week 3. · Gamblers cornerback Ryan White (Auburn) made four tackles. Mark Inabinett |, al, 1 May 2022 Los Angeles kicker Tristan Vizcaino has made just 10 of 14 extra-point attempts, and the Chargers have cost themselves field position by averaging 16.5 yards on 10 kickoff returns. Childs Walker,, 15 Oct. 2021 Ultimately, the Cowboys escaped the drive unscathed as Los Angeles kicker Tristan Vizcaino missed a 44-yard field goal attempt 7 seconds before halftime. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2022

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“Kicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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