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 In the final round of competition on Wednesday’s episode, the Leopard and the Panda, who were both in jeopardy, competed in the smackdown challenge. Natalie Stone,, "The Masked Singer," 2 Oct. 2019 How Notre Dame handles them at home —coming off the smackdown in Ann Arbor — should tell us more about the Fighting Irish. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "College predictions: Michigan State needed this bye; Michigan doesn't want to rest," 1 Nov. 2019 From political smackdowns to sniping ads, the election is wall-to-wall on social media, from Google's YouTube to Twitter, the president's favorite online hangout. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Trump Facebook feuds: Americans brace for partisan warfare with friends, family in 2020," 14 Dec. 2019 WWE Oliver put the smackdown on the WWE and its chairman and CEO Vince McMahon for how badly the organization has exploited its professional athletes. Diane J. Cho,, "John Oliver’s Greatest Takedowns on Last Week Tonight Season 6 (So Far)," 20 Sep. 2019 One community still reeling from this year’s Thanksgiving week smackdown: the folks from Gonzaga College High School, whose elite alumni produced one of the United States’ most notable clashes. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "O’Malley vs. Cuccinelli: A snapshot of what’s dividing American families, friends and communities," 2 Dec. 2019 Flamingo is the winner of the face-off, after Leopard gets voted to the smackdown. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Recap: Flower Plucked From The Competition," 21 Nov. 2019 There’s a mix of the new-wave passing game with crossing routes, picks and run-pass options, but the Ravens just deliver good, old-fashioned smackdowns. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens have become a complete team, and the rest of the NFL might not be able to keep up," 17 Nov. 2019 After intense battles between Butterfly (winner) and Egg, Thingamajig (winner) and Skeleton, Ladybug and Rottweiler (winner) and Tree (winner) and Ice Cream, the final smackdown was between Ice Cream and Ladybug. Natalie Stone,, "The Masked Singer," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of smackdown

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2020

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“Smackdown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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