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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
Recent Examples on the Web But the Bronze Bomber defended his title with a pair of devastating knockouts, including a first-round fistful of dynamite to Dominic Breazeale in May and then a seventh-round haymaker to Luis Ortiz in November. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 The two began trading haymakers as Swilling pushed Blaylock back toward the stands and into a wall. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Georgia receiver George Pickens ejected after being involved in fight against Georgia Tech," 30 Nov. 2019 However, the Raiders landed another haymaker with a 60-yard TD pass from sophomore quarterback Zion Turner to Jahvante Royal. Pat Lammer, sun-sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas rallies past host Western with second-half big plays," 2 Nov. 2019 Better keep an eye on Kansas City, which can throw haymakers with anybody. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Seahawks return to top five after reclaiming No. 1 seed in Week 15," 17 Dec. 2019 Daytona haymakers: The racing Allisons and Cale Yarbrough fought after crashing on the final lap of 1979 Daytona 500. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 In Harris' first at-bat, Howie Kendrick pulled a two-run, go-ahead homer off the right field foul pole screen — a haymaker that stunned Houston in a 6-2 defeat that cost them the chance at a second title in two years. Kristie Rieken, baltimoresun.com, "Astros manager A.J. Hinch: ‘I’ll have to live with’ bullpen decisions in Game 7 of World Series," 31 Oct. 2019 Dragolich spent four months in grueling training, learning how to defend against — and land haymakers — of her own. CBS News, "Cancer survivors square off in the boxing ring to help find a cure," 17 Oct. 2019 Burrow hit Edwards-Helaire for a 12-yard scoring pass on the next play that carried the weight of a haymaker. New York Times, "L.S.U. Survives Alabama’s Second-Half Push for a Big Win," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

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“Haymaker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haymaker. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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