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 Gonzaga got on a roll and put on a show Tuesday night, moving to 30-0 on the season and cruising into the Final Four with an 85-66 beatdown of previously rolling Southern California. Eddie Pells, ajc, "Quite a show: Zags stay undefeated with 85-66 win over USC," 31 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide has won three of the six championship games since, including its beatdown of Ohio State to conclude last season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is an Alabama-like dynasty attainable for Ohio State football, or anyone else?," 16 Feb. 2021 Toronto puts Utah on the wrong side of a 3-point beatdown, but the Jazz’s All-Star guard scores eight straight in the clutch to spark a late rally. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Donovan Mitchell’s ‘hero ball’ powers Utah Jazz late, as they eke out a win over the Raptors," 19 Mar. 2021 That desperation was clear, as USC snapped back to form against Stanford in a 79-42 beatdown marked by one of its most stifling defensive performances of the season. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC obliterates Stanford 79-42 to keep faint Pac-12 title hopes alive," 3 Mar. 2021 In Tuesday night’s home game against Florida, call it a beatdown. Charles Hollis, al, "Arkansas makes strong case vs. Alabama as SEC’s best team," 26 Feb. 2021 There was the 7-1 beatdown in Seattle on Sept. 10, the only time the club has surrendered more than five goals in a game. Nick Eilerson,, "Earthquakes ride good vibes into long-awaited playoff matchup against Sporting Kansas City," 20 Nov. 2020 What's worse than a 35-point beatdown as a 5½-point favorite against the Saints? Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 10 NFL picks against the spread," 12 Nov. 2020 As much as armchair general managers dismiss the value of finishing in the middle of the pack in the NBA, bottoming out can be a beatdown for everybody, including young players. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs' Aldridge, one last opening?," 23 Feb. 2021

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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