beat·​down | \ˈbēt-ˌdau̇n \

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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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 Jones’ 300 yards in Week 4 against Benwikere and Carolina is one of history’s biggest receiver-on-corner beatdowns on record. Andy Benoit,, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2014 Draft, Four Years Later," 8 May 2018 The Pelicans have won both of their meetings against the Lakers this season, including a 139-117 beatdown in New Orleans on Feb. 14. William Guillory,, "New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers: How to watch, TV, streaming info," 22 Mar. 2018 The Vols followed a 15-9 home loss to South Carolina with a 45-7 beatdown at Alabama. Edgar Thompson,, "Rebuilding Tennessee is No. 88 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 31 May 2018 Moments later, the beatdown continued, but this time the judge’s focus turned to the potential ramifications for Cohen. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti Both Had a Bad Day in Court," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of beatdown

1989, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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