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
Recent Examples on the Web The first punch, a haymaker to our collective jaw, came when COVID-19 pulled the plug on the NCAA Tournament and sidelined the stirring national title dreams of the 30-2 Aztecs basketball team. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Amid the pain, 2020 reminded us that sports matter," 27 Dec. 2020 The Colts defensive line is supposed to throw that kind of punch, even if injury has taken away its haymaker. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Titans pounding shows Colts defensive line isn't as deep as it needs to be yet," 29 Nov. 2020 For all of the promise to rectify how last season (and the season before) ended for Baltimore, 2020 has laid a haymaker on the Ravens (6-3), who have now surpassed their total losses from all of last season. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ravens caught in unrelenting storm of a season as problems pile up," 16 Nov. 2020 All night, each time St. Paul’s landed a punch, the Skippers countered with a haymaker of their own. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Mandeville QB DeVon Tott nearly flawless as Skippers top St. Paul's, 38-28," 6 Nov. 2020 The Chicago Bears receiver went up to Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, tapped him to get his attention, then reared back and threw a full-fledged haymaker at the Saints defensive back. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "What we learned, what's trending and final thoughts from the Saints wild overtime win," 1 Nov. 2020 But on the following series, the Falcons had their own fourth-down haymaker when Ryan, while scrambling to his left, stopped with Eric Kendricks in pursuit and flipped a pass to Jones as Gladney fell while trying to turn his hips. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings fall to 1-5 after dismal 40-23 loss to the Falcons," 18 Oct. 2020 Corrales had a brown belt in karate and unleashed a powerful kick, but Stewart negotiated his way through the kick and quickly sent Corrales sprawling to the dirt with a thunderous haymaker. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland’s own: From Joe Morgan to Rickey Henderson, the town could take any city in baseball," 17 Oct. 2020 Alankar believes a haymaker is bunching its fist and could strike at any time. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The biggest economic threat facing the next administration: A weak dollar," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of haymaker

1902, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Haymaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haymaker. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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