: a combination of two quick blows in rapid succession in boxing
especially : a left jab followed at once by a hard blow with the right hand
or one-two punch : two forces combining to produce a marked effect

Examples of one-two in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of one-two was in 1809

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“One-two.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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