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 To the most stubborn San Franciscans, city officials’ embrace of a New York City corporate chain restaurant feels like a surprise uppercut to a town that prides itself on all things homegrown, organic and unconventional. Nick Eilerson, SFChronicle.com, "Shake Shack signals change in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2020 And an uppercut, knockout punch with the Angels quickly grabbing Rendon. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Scott Boras pulls off huge free agency coup and gets money flowing back into baseball," 12 Dec. 2019 And he was kind of really based around his shoryuken [Ryu's dragon-punch uppercut]. Aurich Lawson, Ars Technica, "Ars talks fighting games with Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari," 20 Nov. 2019 In the beginning of the third round, Joshua hit Ruiz with a straight right hand and then, a moment later, a right uppercut and a left hook; Ruiz landed on his backside, looking up at the referee. The New Yorker, "Andy Ruiz Shocked the Boxing World—Now He’s Trying to Do It Again," 6 Dec. 2019 At that point, the Saints simply were taking a quick water break, preparing to finish off another easy scoring drive, loading up for the uppercut that put the Bears behind by 19 points in what ended as a hope-crushing 36-25 loss. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears have earned the negative reaction and criticism. All of it.," 20 Oct. 2019 The one-time engineering major methodically broke down Akhmedov from the opening bell with an arsenal of jabs, uppercuts and overhand right hooks. Manouk Akopyan, ExpressNews.com, "Mario Barrios wins WBA title, San Antonio’s first championship in 25 years," 28 Sep. 2019 The Raptors seemingly had an answer for every Celtics run, using the post brilliance of Pascal Siakam and the uppercut-like 3-pointers of Lowry. BostonGlobe.com, "What helped the Celtics win, 112-106, Friday against the Toronto Raptors is they have spent the past several months convincing themselves how difficult games like these are to win.," 26 Oct. 2019 In the final minute of the second, Stephens took down Rodriguez and landed two uppercuts while controlling his opponent from behind. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dominick Reyes stops Chris Weidman in Boston UFC bout," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Uppercut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppercut. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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boxing : a punch directed upward with a bent arm

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