Definition of smackdown
1 : the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent
2 : a contest in entertainment wrestling
3 : a decisive defeat
4 : a confrontation between rivals or competitors
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Alabama's dominating 54-16 smackdown of Florida in last year's SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome showcased the growing chasm between Alabama and everybody else.
Clearly, even uncontroversial experts on intelligence have not converged on the smackdown kind of consensus on race and IQ that experts on, say, climate change largely have.
A spinning of the lip-sync smackdown wheel lead to two teams: Trinity Taylor would take on Peppermint; and Shea would face her friend and collaborator Sasha Velour.
Both, though, hope to deliver one epic final smackdown to polio, a disease once feared in much of the world that has now been nearly eradicated.
But there’s much, much more going on here than a Godzilla vs. Optimus Prime smackdown.
On just his twenty-first day in office, three very senior federal judges, one of them a Republican appointee, issued a stunning smackdown of his divisive and dangerous approach to governing.
Then again, the N.F.L. already staged its own smackdown between Goodell and Robert Kraft, the Patriots’ owner, whose mild-mannered demeanor went out the window a week before the Super Bowl last year.
What might have been a self-satisfied smackdown of reality TV and its audience has become a challenging and delectably entertaining drama about power and deception, idealism and cynicism.
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