From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kicker \Kick"er\, n.
   1. One who, or that which, kicks.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. A fact, condition, or circumstance, sometimes concealed or
      not obvious, which reduces or eliminates the benefit of an
      apparently advantageous situation; a joker[5]; as, under
      the Soviet system, bread was good and cheap, but the
      kicker was that you waited in line for hours to get any,
      if it was available. [informal]

   3. Hence: An unforeseen added expense or additional cost; as,
      the printer was cheap, but the special paper it needed was
      an expensive kicker.
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