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

Definition of beatdown

US, informal
1 : a violent physical beating … said his own client was badly hurt in a beatdown by NYPD officers …— Shayna Jacobs
2 : 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

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After a 118-92 beatdown at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, the Pelicans were scheduled to practice in Oakland, Calif., Monday afternoon (May 7) in preparation for Game 5 of their second-round series. William Guillory,, "Pelicans take some time off to 'exhale' before Game 5 vs. Warriors," 7 May 2018 Other newcomers Sokolowski shared are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber. Leanne Itali, The Seattle Times, "Yowza! Scrabble dictionary update adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play," 24 Sep. 2018 Meet the season's new villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers), a pirate and smuggler who finds himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from Jamie in a split-second clip later in the trailer. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Outlander Season 4 Trailer Is Here, So Gird Your Loins," 30 July 2018 After Indiana handed the Cavs a thorough beatdown, should LeBron and Co. be worried? Ben Golliver,, "Pacers Snap LeBron’s First-Round Winning Streak as Cavs Open With a Dud," 15 Apr. 2018 The Brazilians, the ones haunted by Germany’s ritualistic 7-1 beatdown of them in the 2014 semifinals on their home soil, contended a draw could be just fine even as the favorites. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Switzerland Holds Brazil to a 1-1 Draw," 17 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma freshman Trae Young has been spectacular this season, but his form has dipped in recent games, including this week's 11-point, 23% shooting outing in a 30-point beatdown loss to Kansas. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Wooden Watch Top 10: Villanova's Jalen Brunson is new No. 1 ahead of Oklahoma's Trae Young," 21 Feb. 2018 First, Nebraska struck quickly on the coaching market, plucking Scott Frost from UCF about a week after a 42-point beatdown at the hands of Iowa ended both a dreadful 4–8 campaign and a floundering three-year tenure for Mike Riley. Chris Johnson,, "Hunter Johnson's Transfer to Northwestern Adds New Dimension to Future of Big Ten West," 12 June 2018 The pair was whooping it up on the Celtics' bench during this beatdown. Joe Vardon,, "Marcus Morris, Celtics beat up on LeBron James and Cavs, 108-83 in Game 1," 13 May 2018

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1989, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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