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 Rich Privileged Guy, completely unprovoked, sucker punches Poor Street Urchin. David Canfield,, "See the anticipated cover for Harlan Coben's next page-turner," 5 Nov. 2019 The global financial crisis delivered a further sucker punch to Nokia’s sputtering profits, and the company began to cut costs. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland," 29 Oct. 2019 It shouldn’t be confused for a sucker punch, though. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "As Cleveland poverty worsens, state Supreme Court burns a bridge to equity: Phillip Morris," 29 Sep. 2019 But that initial sonic scene-setting comes right before a kind of jump-cut sucker punch of angular bits, abrasion and ominous feedback. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 29 Sep. 2019 England arguably had the best of the chances but weren't clinical enough in front of goal, only to suffer a sucker punch when France were awarded a soft penalty for handball., "UEFA European Under-21 Championship Roundup: Croatia Slump Against Romania & England Lose Late On," 19 June 2019 Authorities said Wingate and his passenger got out of the vehicle and walked into a gas station parking lot where the other motorist sucker punched Wingate, knocking him to the ground in an assault that was caught on surveillance video. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Prosecutor: Suspect in fatal beating after car crash went through victim’s pockets," 31 July 2019 As of Thursday, police were still searching for a man who can be seen in the video delivering multiple blows, including a sucker punch to the back of someone’s head. Chuck Schilken,, "Adults brawl over a call by a 13-year-old umpire at 7-year-olds’ baseball game," 20 June 2019 The second is the walloping hook, which hits like a sucker punch when juxtaposed with the minimal track -- the third, more low-key star that creates the foundation for the other two to shine. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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“Sucker punch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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