smackdown

noun
smack·​down | \ ˈsmak-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce smackdown (audio) \

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

Examples of smackdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only some 48 hours after Drew Doughty had wrist surgery, ending the elite defenseman’s season, the Kings had their bench door blown off in a 9-3 smackdown by the Avalanche in Denver. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2022 But the takeaway from Saturday's smackdown shouldn't be about the Tigers coming up short in the biggest game of the year. Khari Thompson, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 Flares of apparently unmotivated aggression — two councilmen, arguing about the Lincoln Smackdown, get into a smackdown of their own — suggest the irrational eruption of evil to come. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 The smackdown was sad, casting a pall over everyone involved: Rock’s joke was tasteless, and Smith’s reaction inexcusable. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2022 Will Smith’s smackdown was just that, lighting up social media as millions around the globe tried to figure out what just happened. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2022 See how the queens fare in the LaLaPaRuza lip-sync smackdown when RuPaul's Drag Race season 14 continues Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Like the Capitol Hill rioters, the looters, the shooters, the Long Island smackdown ladies, New York’s now ex-governor wasn’t thinking anything. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Republicans here are still reeling from a historic political smackdown. Sara Murray And Jeff Simon, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smackdown

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of smackdown was in 1931

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Last Updated

8 May 2022

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“Smackdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smackdown. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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