uppercut

noun

up·​per·​cut ˈə-pər-ˌkət How to pronounce uppercut (audio)
: a swinging blow (as in boxing) directed upward with a bent arm
uppercut verb

Example Sentences

He hit his opponent with an uppercut to the chin.
Recent Examples on the Web In the seventh, Luna drew blood with a wicked uppercut that slipped through Santillan’s raised gloves and found his eye. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2022 The conference opener for both teams featured four lead changes and a tie, but Evergreen Park (3-0, 1-0) eventually delivered the uppercut to Oak Lawn (1-2, 0-1). Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 In her previous event, a fighter had taken three minutes to revive after being knocked out cold by an uppercut. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Eli Drinkwitz came out swinging Tuesday and landed an uppercut to the face of Vol Nation. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 27 July 2022 Source, jamming, throws an uppercut into the air when a digital chime punctuates the bar. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 Fury peppered Whyte with a jab to the face then let a right uppercut fly upward, rocking Whyte square on the chin. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 Fernando Galván charged forward and threw a looping right uppercut. New York Times, 30 May 2022 Before the lights dimmed in the comedy club parking lot, the comic bid adieu with a pithy roundhouse-uppercut. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Dec. 2022.

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uppercut

noun

up·​per·​cut ˈəp-ər-ˌkət How to pronounce uppercut (audio)
: a swinging blow (as in boxing) directed upward with a bent arm
uppercut verb

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