body slam

variants: or less commonly body-slam
plural body slams also body-slams

Definition of body slam

: a wrestling throw in which the opponent's body is lifted and brought down hard to the mat Showing immense strength, Halsey threw his 185-pound opponent on his back a couple of times, setting up his submission with a body slam that drew a gasp from the crowd.— John Spencer, Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal, 20 Nov. 2012 sometimes used figuratively Rebuilding is part of the American spirit. We are not a nation of quitters who turn and run after Mother Nature delivers a body slam.— editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 Sept. 2005… the overall markets, which have taken a full-bore postelection body slam in recent days, starting with the Dow plunging more than 300 points the day following President Barack Obama's victory at the polls. — Patrick May, Contra Costa Times (California), 15 Nov. 2012

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Other Words from body slam

body-slam transitive verb body-slammed; body-slamming; body-slams
… a game that saw linebacker James Harrison body-slam a Browns fan who ran onto the field. — Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated, 15 Sept. 2008

First Known Use of body slam

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Body slam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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