sucker punch

sucker punched; sucker punching; sucker punches

Definition of sucker punch

transitive verb

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

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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 In coming months, some ralliers were moved to administer the occasional sucker punch to anti-Trump protesters. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "24 Warning Signs of an Insurrection That Should Have Been Obvious," 14 Jan. 2021 For companies that were already reeling from the coronavirus and a collapse in demand from the hospitality trade, the arrival of new trade rules has come as a sucker punch. New York Times, "For Some Scottish Seafood Businesses, Brexit Could Be a Death Knell," 13 Jan. 2021 The latest statewide order closing inside dining for restaurants and bars for three weeks was another sucker punch. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "3 businesses find a sweet spot during the COVID-19 pandemic," 22 Nov. 2020 Without a powerful sucker punch like Pearl Harbor, there would be no chance of winning or forcing an acceptable peace. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "Review: Dick Lehr's 'Dead Reckoning' recreates thrilling WWII mission to get Isoroku Yamamoto," 10 June 2020 The emotional equivalent of a sucker punch to the gut caught me totally off-guard and I was floored by an intense wave of grief, shock, anxiety and despair. Sarah Graham,, "I Did Everything Right But I Still Had A Mental Health Relapse," 10 Mar. 2020 The fraternity brothers denied there was any violence on their part after the first sucker punch, but Jones’ friends described being taken to the ground. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Steven Jones to be sentenced for 2015 NAU shooting," 11 Feb. 2020 According to authorities, here's how the events unfolded: Akrawi waited until the Kubic turned his head to talk to a friend then knocked him out with a sucker punch. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "Man charged with murder after bar fight in St. Clair Shores," 27 Dec. 2019 The video of the attack shows a boy sucker punching another boy, who is then struck by a third person standing out of frame. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Child’s death after assault at Moreno Valley school sparks outrage — and ugly memories," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sucker punch

1964, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2021

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“Sucker punch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sucker punch

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

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