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"this is the kicker"

Posted by Henry 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.

: : 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)"

: We've got some card sharks on this site. They can probably come up with a good explanation. Stay tuned.

The term is used in concrete construction too. "A kicker or small wall section 75mm high should be cast as part of the base slab to provide a convenient starting point for the wall and to ensure integrity at this important junction." In this case, the kicker would be essential to the strength of the finished work.