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Definition of haymaker

: a powerful blow

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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 While dos Anjos will want to stay upright and land haymakers, trying to work over Chiesa in a toe-to-toe battle, Chiesa will be trying to get him on the ground. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "UFC on ESPN+ 24: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa odds, picks and best bets," 24 Jan. 2020 Nadal should remember this and unload body blows along with usual lefty haymakers. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Rafael Nadal vs. Daniil Medvedev: Keys to the Match, Predictions for U.S. Open Final," 7 Sep. 2019 But that’s becoming the trademark of this team – throw a last-minute haymaker to try to make up for long stretches of poor play during the first 30 minutes. oregonlive, "Another incomplete game, another loss as Oregon State falls to UCLA 62-58," 23 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of haymaker

1902, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2020

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“Haymaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haymaker?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=haymak01. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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