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 What's more, his musical legacy has fallen into a strangely sweet spot on the Internet: big enough to have a huge number of fans uploading all manner of bootlegs and rarities, yet small enough to avoid a DMCA smackdown. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 2019 The dispute has been described as a family feud, a multimillion-dollar smackdown over a contract dispute that is playing out like a messy food fight in front of a 12-member jury. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Why your favorite spicy sauce is in court again," 13 June 2019 The Police Interceptor Utility hybrid AWD completed the circuit with a best time of 99.7 seconds, once again putting the smackdown on the rest of the SUVs save for its EcoBoost V-6–powered brother, which lapped the circuit in 96.5 seconds. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 Even the festival's biggest buy ($10 million), the feminist thriller Assassination Nation, has been subject to a swift social-media smackdown from critics. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "5 stellar Sundance movies that need to be on your radar this year," 26 Jan. 2018 After these back-to-back smackdowns, some Federal Circuit judges started to get the message. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 The pictures on Twitter were an emotional response to a smackdown by the powerful gun industry lobby, which took issue with the American College of Physicians’ call late last month for tighter gun control laws. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths," 21 Nov. 2018 On Thursday night, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 contestant Aquaria was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar following an over-the-top lip sync smackdown. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Aquaria Gears Up for Another Tight Race in Debut Single 'Burn Rubber'," 29 June 2018 The software patent smackdown had arrived in force. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of smackdown

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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