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 Because of the timing and circumstances, the result invited its share of schadenfreude as social media users reveled in the beatdown. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2021 After all, the Cavs were playing the undermanned Magic, the Eastern Conference’s worst team and losers of six straight games, including a recent 30-point beatdown at the hands of the New York Knicks. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 Taliban fighters would kick, whip cables, swing rifle butts and pipes for the beatdown. Times Photography Staff, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Arizona’s worst loss of the regular season a year ago was a 34-10 beatdown at the hands of the Panthers at State Farm Stadium. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 While orchestrating another beatdown of the luckless Ravens, Burrow became the first player to throw for 400 yards against the same team twice in one season, per ESPN Stats & Info. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2021 There was the beatdown the Rams delivered at Seattle in 2017 and the NFC Championship game win at New Orleans the next season, but all things considered, this was the most impressive win of the Sean McVay era. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 That was an improvement, at least, for fans at the United Center after the beatdown of Game 3. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The rout continued for three more quarters until the Cowboys had exacted their biggest beatdown of Washington, the 44-point victory edging out a 35-point win in 1993. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beatdown

1989, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beatdown was in 1989

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30 Jun 2022

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“Beatdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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