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"this is the kicker"

Posted by Steady on April 01, 2004

In Reply to: "This is the kicker" posted by steady 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.

I found another reference, but it doesn't talk
about why:

"A tricky or concealed condition; a pitfall: 'The kicker is that the relationship of guide and seeker gets all mixed up with a confusing male-female attachment' (Gail Sheehy)"