Words at Play : Top 10 Words for Useful & Intriguing Concepts

#7: Sockdolager

Definition:

something that ends or settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer

Example:

"Bobby Thompson's pennant-winning homer in 1951 is one of baseball's great sockdolagers."

About the Word:

It's unclear where sockdologer comes from, but it may be an alteration of doxology ("a short, often final hymn chanted in praise of God") influenced by the sock that means "punch."

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