beat·​down ˈbēt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce beatdown (audio)
US, informal : a violent physical beating
… said his own client was badly hurt in a beatdown by NYPD officers …Shayna Jacobs
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 But the appearance of Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things doesn’t pay off in comic terms, and won’t erase anyone’s memories of Bob Barker giving Sandler a vicious beatdown in Happy Gilmore. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 After all those beatdowns over the years, the Bills are going to exact some revenge. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 And his leftist managers are no doubt appalled and stumped at Bidens forceful beatdown of Hamas and support of Israel. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 30 Oct. 2023 Defensive woes threaten to derail USC’s title aspirations BOXING From Jorge Castillo: The first question Canelo Álvarez was asked in his news conference after his beatdown of Jermell Charlo on Saturday wasn’t about the victory. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 What Barker had given him 27 years earlier was a brutal beatdown that would echo through the decades. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Dallas is coming off a physical beatdown by the Niners. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2023 Chauncey Sylvester scored on a nine-yard run with 2:49 left to complete a thorough, stunning beatdown of the Monarchs. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2023 But in a Game 1 beatdown, the rest of the Chicago Sky were not. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Beatdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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