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 No, the 49ers threw a haymaker moving up to No. 3, so go for the knockout choice in Lance, with his wildly large upside. Sporting Green Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mac Jones, Trey Lance or Justin Fields? Our 49ers draft predictions," 28 Apr. 2021 Fed chair Paul Volcker landed the haymaker by demanding that banks call loans to heavily leveraged clients, a move targeting the Hunts. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Betting on Bitcoin? You should know the story of the Hunt brothers and the silver market," 15 Apr. 2021 Baiting out a left hook and countering with a devastating haymaker is still one of the most satisfying sensations in video-game history. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on Nintendo Switch Online," 30 Mar. 2021 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

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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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12 May 2021

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“Haymaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haymaker. Accessed 14 May. 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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