sucker punch

verb
sucker punched; sucker punching; sucker punches

Definition of sucker punch

transitive verb

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

Other Words from sucker punch

sucker punch noun

Examples of sucker punch in a Sentence

One of them sucker punched me.
Recent Examples on the Web For people like me who have been diagnosed with ALS, the rejection landed like a sucker punch. Bernard Zipprich, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 With China currently fighting its biggest Covid wave since Wuhan 2020, the crash felt like a sucker punch. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 The stock market crash of 1929 hit the nation like a sucker punch. Paul Vachon, Detroit Free Press, 27 Dec. 2021 The Delta surge — a sucker punch to the gut just as freedom seemed near — has inflamed the ambient sense of powerlessness. William Falk, The Week, 14 Aug. 2021 What is happening in the middle of the room is the sort of untethered violence that would bring a boxing crowd to its stomping feet, yet until that final sucker punch there was no noise, no reaction, and certainly nobody trying to break it up. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 In a move as outrageous as any sucker punch, the school actually suspended Player One for fighting, a suspension that was eventually rescinded. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 The briefings spanned three deadly surges in San Antonio: the summer of 2020, the winter months, and the sucker punch from the virus’ delta variant that began in July this year. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Nov. 2021 The city as Sui knew it in the ’70s and ’80s was New York at its most romantic, or most romanticized — all stumble-down streets, desperate and ecstatic, sucker punch and glory, dirty, dangerous and blessedly cheap. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas And Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

28 Apr 2022

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“Sucker punch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sucker%20punch. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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