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"this is the kicker"

Posted by Steady on April 01, 2004

In Reply to: "This is the kicker" posted by ESC on April 01, 2004

: : Why do people say "and this is the kicker", prior
: : to a point they want to emphasize?

: Well, being kicked gets people's attention.

That's true. But it still seems strange to me.

The only other thing I've found searching around
on the web is that a "kicker" is a side card in
poker that is the tie-breaker in hands with the
same rank.