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 With the Rottweiler revealed to be the winner, a smackdown between Flower and Leopard blossomed. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' recap: This singer has to leaf! Host, most of panel guessed star," 21 Nov. 2019 Fox prevailed over Butterfly, giving Butterfly a spot in the show's smackdown. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' recap: A contestant's wings are clipped in competition," 5 Dec. 2019 Busch gave the fighter colorful advice for a championship smackdown, basically telling Covington not to care about your opponent, put personal feelings aside and go kick their rear end. Jenna Fryer,, "Dead Heat: No clear favorite in NASCAR championship race," 16 Nov. 2019 The OnePlus 8, in particular, is launching in a few weeks, and that should provide a pricing smackdown for Samsung. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy S20 Ultra Review—Overhyped and outrageously priced," 30 Mar. 2020 Indianapolis Star Most of the headlines and memes coming out of the Wednesday night debate rumble in Las Vegas centered around Sen. Elizabeth Warren laying the smackdown on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Democratic debate: How pundits rate Pete Buttigieg's debate performance in Las Vegas," 20 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of smackdown

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2020

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“Smackdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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