body slam

noun
variants: or less commonly body-slam

Definition of body slam

plural body slams also body-slams
: 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 SpencerMansfield (Ohio) News Journal20 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.
  • —editorialPittsburgh Post-Gazette11 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

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 ZimmermanSports Illustrated15 Sept. 2008

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First Known Use of body slam

1899

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