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

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sucker punch noun

Examples of sucker punch in a Sentence

One of them sucker punched me.

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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 Hopefully, the goon in the teal shorts who went for a sucker punch to the back of the head gets reprimanded very soon. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Wild Brawl Breaks Out Between Parents at Baseball Game for Seven-Year-Olds," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of sucker punch

1964, in the meaning defined above

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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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