up·​per·​cut | \ ˈə-pər-ˌkət How to pronounce uppercut (audio) \

Definition of uppercut

: a swinging blow (as in boxing) directed upward with a bent arm

Other Words from uppercut

uppercut verb

Examples of uppercut in a Sentence

He hit his opponent with an uppercut to the chin.
Recent Examples on the Web The clay’s grittiness magnifies the effect of heavy spin (think of 13-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal’s uppercut lefty forehands), creating higher arcs as the balls rebound off the ground. Howard Fendrich, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 Santa Cruz went down in a heap in his own corner from the punch - a left uppercut - and lay on the canvas for several minutes while examined by doctors before finally rising to his feet. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, 31 Oct. 2020 After catching Castaño with a right uppercut and a left hook for the first knockdown, Charlo dropped Castaño again seconds later with two left hands to the head and a left to the body, leaving Castaño on the canvas. Greg Beacham, ajc, 15 May 2022 Fury sealed the deal with a sizzling right uppercut that sent Whyte, 34, tumbling to the ground late in Round 6. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 24 Apr. 2022 Le delivered 12 uppercut punches, swinging his right fist into Quiles’ boxing glove. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Fury, 33, delivered a vicious uppercut to score a sixth-round technical knockout of countryman Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 at England’s Wembley Stadium. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 After a tentative first round, Marquez gained more confidence and became more aggressive, with his uppercut particularly effective. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Crawford knocks down Porter on a left uppercut to start the round. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of uppercut

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Uppercut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppercut. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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