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.

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Throughout the fight, Golovkin was effective with his jab, but Alvarez managed to absorb the blows and score with power shots, particularly uppercuts and right hands to the body. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "How Canelo Alvarez Surprised Gennady Golovkin With a Different Game Plan," 16 Sep. 2018 Yet even as an uppercut swing through contact has become the new norm in baseball, Martinez still represents a distinctive practitioner of the art. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "J.D. Martinez and the art and science of the swing," 24 May 2018 Joshua rarely led with his right hand, instead saving it for sporadic inside uppercut attempts, only a few of which landed solidly. Bob Velin, USA TODAY, "Anthony Joshua wins unanimous decision vs. Joseph Parker to unify heavyweight titles," 31 Mar. 2018 But Dvalishvili scrambled out and back to his feet and kept his high pace with jabs and uppercuts. Matt Erickson, USA TODAY, "Fighter Ricky Simon wins by TKO after final bell at UFC Fight Night 128," 21 Apr. 2018 Within minutes, measured uppercuts and jabs gave way to aimless, windmill-style flailing. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018 But some see that same pugilism as a negative, especially when he's used it to deliver sharp uppercuts to top Republican leaders who had once been in his corner. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Profiles from the nation's nastiest primary, more Infosys details and a childish attack," 25 Apr. 2018 Covington answers with a right hand of his own and then an uppercut. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Colby Covington vs. Rafael Dos Anjos live round-by-round coverage," 10 June 2018 The notion of an uppercut, on-plane swing was famously espoused by Ted Williams, embraced and taught by Wallenbrock and Van Scoyoc (among other private hitting instructors), and has now entered baseball’s mainstream in the launch angle era. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "J.D. Martinez and the art and science of the swing," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of uppercut

boxing : a punch directed upward with a bent arm

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