sucker punch

verb

sucker punched; sucker punching; sucker punches

transitive verb

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

Examples of sucker punch in a Sentence

One of them sucker punched me.
Recent Examples on the Web And before the start of the 2022 season, Green’s behavior was the talk of the NBA after video leaked from a Warriors practice in which he sucker punched teammate Jordan Poole in the face during an argument. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 In a handful of other videos posted on TikTok and X, other women said they were also ambushed by an unidentified man and sucker punched in the face or head. USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Just ask David Lee, who never forgot the feeling of that love-at-first-sight sucker punch—though his heart’s desire was not for a person but for a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2024 Each episode features a group of willing contestants trying (and often failing) to navigate a series of obstacle courses, from bouncing on giant red balls to trying not to get sucker punched by mechanical boxing gloves. Emily Smith, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2023 Being the one who was laid off can feel like a sucker punch. Dede Henley, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 It sucker punched me in the kidneys and back with no mercy! Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The words hit Friedl like a sucker punch to the gut. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 And prior to last season, Green’s behavior was the talk of the NBA after video leaked from a Warriors practice in which he sucker punched teammate Jordan Poole in the face during an argument. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sucker%20punch. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sucker punch

verb
: to punch (a person) suddenly and usually without any obvious reason
sucker punch noun

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