hay·mak·er | \ˈhā-ˌmā-kər \

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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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 Division 2 North Reading 10, Winchester 7 — Reading absorbed quite a haymaker from its Middlesex League rivals early in the sectional final at Woburn High. Jake Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "BC High, Acton-Boxboro to meet for Division 1 boys’ lacrosse state title," 16 June 2018 The San Diego Gulls were hit by three haymakers early and could never recover. Union -tribune, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gulls fall behind early and shut out in Ontario by the Reign," 9 Mar. 2018 For additional context, consider that Mr Trump’s haymakers at the world order and diplomatic convention have so far been easy to throw. The Economist, "The rising cost of America First," 14 June 2018 The Rockets rallied back from every haymaker and held on for a 95-92 win to even the Western Conference Finals. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets rally in thrilling fourth quarter, hold off Warriors to even series," 22 May 2018 Despite receiving a slew of haymakers from some of his colleagues in the music world, Kanye has managed to find some support. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Janelle Monae Slams Kanye West for His 'Free Thinker' Comments: 'Slave Masters Also Thought Freely'," 4 May 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

: a powerful hit with the fist : a very hard punch

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