uppercut

noun
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

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Examples of uppercut in a Sentence

He hit his opponent with an uppercut to the chin.
Recent Examples on the Web Derrick Lewis landed a big right uppercut that flattened Curtis Blaydes for an upset knockout win in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Matt Young, Chron, "Houston's Derrick Lewis scores big upset with KO of Curtis Blaydes," 21 Feb. 2021 There's nothing to prevent battery case, cameras and photo meters from shredding your face with a lethal uppercut, and your hands are too busy to fend them off. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, "Jetography: Photographing Fighter Jets at 40,000 Feet," 31 Dec. 2020 But Joshua, who deployed his trademark uppercut to good effect throughout, eventually wore his opponent down and knocked him out in the ninth round with a devastating straight right hand. Ben Church, CNN, "Anthony Joshua welcomes blockbuster fight with Tyson Fury after beating Kubrat Pulev," 13 Dec. 2020 His uppercut will appear on highlight reels for years to come. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Three takeaways from Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis’ knockout victory over Leo Santa Cruz," 2 Nov. 2020 Barrios took advantage, landing a left uppercut and another left to the side of Karl’s head, sending Karl crashing to the canvas. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Mario Barrios celebrates homecoming with KO victory," 1 Nov. 2020 The left uppercut caught Santa Cruz flush, a fastball off the barrel of the bat that led to some anxious moments before Santa Cruz recovered and returned to the back. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Gervonta Davis knocks Leo Santa Cruz out cold with uppercut in sixth round," 31 Oct. 2020 Davis fought patiently, waiting to time a left uppercut to the jaw of his incoming opponent. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Three takeaways from Baltimore boxer Gervonta Davis’ knockout victory over Leo Santa Cruz," 2 Nov. 2020 Santa Cruz went down in a heap in his own corner from the punch — a left uppercut — and after being counted out by referee Rafael Ramos, lay on the canvas for several minutes while examined by doctors before finally rising to his feet. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Mario Barrios celebrates homecoming with KO victory," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of uppercut

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uppercut was in 1842

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“Uppercut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppercut. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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uppercut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of uppercut

boxing : a punch directed upward with a bent arm

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