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The southern-U.S. sense referring to a person derives from shit-kicker, referring to a cowboy with boots used to kick away cow manure.
kicker (plural kickers)
- One who kicks.
- (sports) One who takes kicks.
- (nautical) The kicking strap.
- (nautical, informal) An outboard motor.
- (colloquial) An unexpected situation, detail or circumstance, often unpleasant.
- John wants to climb the wall, but the kicker is that it is thirty feet tall.
- Tuition is free; the kicker is that mandatory room and board costs twice as much as at other colleges.
- (finance) An enticement for investors, e.g. warranty added to the investment contract.
- (poker) An unpaired card which is part of a pair, two pair, or three of a kind poker hand.
- Jill's hand was two pair, aces and sevens, with a king kicker.
- (slang, Southern US) A particular type of Texan who is associated with country/western attire, attitudes, and/or philosophy.
- (journalism) The last one or two paragraphs of a story.
- (journalism) Synonym of (start of photo caption)
nautical: kicking strap — see kicking strap
slang: particular type of resident of Texas
kicker m (uncountable)