kicker

noun
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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While the song was celebrated by both critics and fans alike when it was released on August 16, the real kicker was the music video Normani released at the same time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Normani Gave the Performance of the Year at the 2019 VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 The kicker will most likely be senior Jake Smith, who converted 22 of 24 extra-point attempts and was placed on the all-league team last season. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Experienced St. Francis looking at big picture," 26 Aug. 2019 The kicker is, the smog check has to be done in California before the dealer’s temporary plates expire on July 26. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "New cars bought out of state need smog check in California: Roadshow," 5 July 2019 The kicker for Graba was how Cerio executed the skill — a handspring double front — well, coming in slightly too high. Amie Just, al, "Auburn gymnastics coach gives update on Samantha Cerio’s devastating injuries," 8 Apr. 2019 There’s a reason why Justin Tucker is drafted among the first two kickers in fantasy every year. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: Week 2 Sunday Superlatives," 16 Sep. 2019 The Bears believe that’s what some of the teams with the most successful kickers in the league have done. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 16-14 win over the Broncos in Week 2," 16 Sep. 2019 Long also became the eighth Chargers kicker in a game since the start of 2017. Joe Reedy, The Denver Post, "Austin Ekeler scores 3 TDs in Chargers’ OT win over Colts," 8 Sep. 2019 Justin Tucker made 35 of 39 field-goal attempts last season and ranks as the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Scouting report for Sunday’s Ravens-Dolphins game," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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kicker

noun

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.

Source: Investing Answers

kicker

noun

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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