sucker punch

verb

Definition of sucker punch

transitive verb

: to punch (a person) suddenly without warning and often without apparent provocation

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Examples of sucker punch in a Sentence

One of them sucker punched me.

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Apple’s decision comes as a sucker punch to outlets like mobile gaming news and reviews site TouchArcade, which has long relied on the App Store affiliate program for a significant chunk of its revenue. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Apple shuts App Store affiliate program, imperiling recommendation sites," 2 Aug. 2018 And that good lineup just lost Robinson Canó for most of the rest of the season due to the twin sucker punch of a broken hand and a PED suspension. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Quarter-Season Roundtable: Are the Dodgers Finished? Are the Braves Legitimate?," 17 May 2018 The rapper was allegedly sucker punched from behind and then kicked and punched by other assailants. Monique O. Madan, Alex Harris, Carli Teproff And Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop," 19 June 2018 The rapper was allegedly sucker punched from behind and then kicked and punched by other assailants. Monique O. Madan, Alex Harris, Carli Teproff And Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop," 19 June 2018 The rapper was allegedly sucker punched from behind and then kicked and punched by other assailants. Monique O. Madan, Alex Harris, Carli Teproff And Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop," 19 June 2018 Senegal broke quickly at nearly hit Poland with a sucker punch second if not for an excellent block from Michal Pazdan. SI.com, "Poland 1-2 Senegal: Error-Ridden Poland Gift Senegal Opening Vi to Leave Group H Wide Open," 19 June 2018 But the play’s paradoxical power to elicit the feelings of being both sucker punched and tickled remains undiminished, perhaps especially for American theatergoers. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 But somewhere in the middle of each date, Frank would turn confrontational and sucker punch me with some sadistic comment or question out of left field. Dave Stukas, latimes.com, "I wasn't very smart when it came to dating. Or was I?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of sucker punch

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sucker punch was in 1964

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sucker punch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sucker punch

US : to hit (a person) suddenly and usually without any obvious reason

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