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 An upset would be a nice way for the Blazers to go back-to-back 10-win seasons and take some of the sting from the 49-6 beatdown by Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA Championship Game. Charles Hollis, al, "UAB faces an App State team that was in SoCon 7 years ago," 20 Dec. 2019 Utah fans struggle to process the beatdown by Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. oregonlive, "One word for the way the Ducks were dissed in all-conference sections: Scoreboard: Issues & Answers," 11 Dec. 2019 Florida’s past two matchups with Missouri ended in humbling defeat, none worse than a 45-16 beatdown in 2017 just days after Jim McElwain’s ouster. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators pull away for win over Missouri," 16 Nov. 2019 That decline is so steep that seven wins in the Coastal Division could earn you a spot in the conference title game, where a beatdown is most likely the inevitable outcome. Scooby Axson,, "Clemson's Easy Win Over Syracuse Displays Massive Gap Between Tigers and Rest of ACC," 14 Sep. 2019 That’s all the Northern Kentucky University Norse, who were stunned by a 30-point beatdown on Sunday, needed to find themselves back in the winner’s circle. Jl Kirven,, "NKU Norse regroup to take down Cleveland State Vikings," 21 Feb. 2020 New York won its three playoff games by an average of 27.3 points, including a 49-3 beatdown of Montana's Niners. 23. 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 But this is 2019, and Michigan State is a wounded team that has suffered two consecutive beatdowns. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Week 9 schedule stuffed with tantalizing matchups," 25 Oct. 2019 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

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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 6 Apr. 2020.

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