beatdown

noun beat·down \ ˈbēt-ˌdau̇n \
|Updated on: 2 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of beatdown

1989

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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