hay·​mak·​er | \ ˈhā-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce haymaker (audio) \

Definition of haymaker

: a powerful blow

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Examples of haymaker in a Sentence

He was knocked down by a haymaker to his jaw. dealt his opponent a haymaker that sent him reeling across the boxing ring

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Longmont native David Bote, a former Faith Christian High School star who burst into the majors last year, threw the first haymaker and the knockout blows against his hometown Rockies. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies bring the bats, but Colorado native David Bote’s monster night paces Cubs past Rockies," 5 June 2019 Never mind that the previous year had been, in his words, a steady succession of haymakers, none more profound, obviously, than the death of his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, in a car accident last year. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Isaiah Thomas deserved his ceremony — and after the past year, he needed it, too," 17 Feb. 2018 As evidenced by the hastily uploaded selfie videos, each a haymaker in its own right, social media is Cardi’s battlefield. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the sexist female rapper paradigm behind their feud, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Max Vangeli just threw a digital haymaker at Diplo on Twitter, and Zedd immediately jumped in. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Zedd Reignites His Beef With Diplo, Diplo Responds," 12 June 2018 Washington took that series in six games, but all six were decided by one goal (five needed overtime) and defined by both sides trading haymakers as the momentum swung wildly back and forth. Eric Single, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Bruins Dominate Maple Leafs in Game 1," 13 Apr. 2018 McGahee was stuffed for a two-yard loss after which Will Smith landed an open-handed haymaker to Winslow's earhole that the officials didn't see. Scott Tinley, SI.com, "An Oral History of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Between Miami, Ohio State," 4 Jan. 2013 Afflalo then threw a right-handed haymaker that appeared to graze the left side of Bjelica’s head. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arron Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting," 19 Jan. 2018 This was always going to be a game that hinged on one offensive haymaker, and Foles delivered a right hook to Minnesota’s kidney just before halftime. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Nick Foles and the Eagles Achieved Something Spectacular—Downing the NFL's No. 1 Defense," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of haymaker

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of haymaker was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of haymaker

chiefly US, informal : a powerful hit with the fist : a very hard punch

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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