beat·​down | \ ˈbēt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce beatdown (audio) \

Definition of beatdown

1 US, informal : a violent physical beating … said his own client was badly hurt in a beatdown by NYPD officers …— Shayna Jacobs
2 US, informal : an emphatic or overwhelming defeat … he was sitting in his Eugene hotel room, … while absorbing a beatdown in PlayStation 3 boxing from his 10-year-old brother Seth.— Tim Layden

Examples of beatdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their 55-10 beatdown of the Broncos is the most lopsided in Super Bowl history and also represents the most points scored by one team. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 54 greatest teams to play in the Super Bowl: 49ers have three in top 10, but not No. 1," 24 Jan. 2020 The Stars were their own worst enemy Saturday night, gifting chances to Minnesota with sloppy plays and setting up the Wild beatdown with juicy turnovers. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Christmas, all over again: Stars enter bye week with lopsided 7-0 loss to Wild," 18 Jan. 2020 Saban’s defense overcoming its beatdown by Burrow is only one part of the equation. Mike Rodak |, al, "Former Alabama LB expects Nick Saban to adapt and overcome LSU loss," 28 Nov. 2019 That strategy backfired spectacularly for Northwestern, which was exposed to a national TV audience in No. 4 Ohio State’s 52-3 beatdown. Teddy Greenstein,, "No. 4 Ohio State obliterates Northwestern 52-3 under the Friday night lights," 18 Oct. 2019 After suffering beatdowns from the likes of Michigan State, Maryland and Syracuse earlier this season, Oakland is searching for a signature win. J.l. Kirven,, "NKU Norse men's basketball drops second straight game in loss to Detroit Mercy," 4 Jan. 2020 Michael Gallup goes off for the Cowboys With Dallas’ playoffs hopes on the line, the former Rams standout pulled in three touchdown to lead the Cowboys to a 47-16 beatdown of Washington. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Colorado State football alums have fantastic day in NFL’s Week 17," 29 Dec. 2019 With six losses before Thanksgiving, including a 48-7 beatdown by the Saints in Week 11, the 2018 Eagles were left for dead. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears Thursday storylines: A discussion of offensive trickery, a game-winning confidence boost and playoff dreams at 6-6," 4 Dec. 2019 That includes a 28-0 beatdown of Pittsburgh last weekend. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Virginia Tech at Virginia odds, picks and best bets," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of beatdown

1989, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beatdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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