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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Other Words from uppercut

uppercut verb

Examples of uppercut in a Sentence

He hit his opponent with an uppercut to the chin.

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His swing had too much uppercut, always topping the baseball off the tee. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers' Victor Reyes is thriving in the major leagues," 13 July 2019 The Mariners’ All-Star first baseman is a massive slab of homer-crushing meat with a violent uppercut swing that turns balls into putty. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 Yan knocks out Rivera’s mouthpiece with an uppercut. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "UFC 238 live updates: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes," 8 June 2019 Included are a few jabs – and hooks and uppercuts – thrown at some of NASCAR’s biggest stars and the sanctioning body itself. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two incredible seasons and one wild life are chronicled in new books on Wisconsin racing," 23 July 2019 The president's messages ignited a firestorm across the country, as many presumed the online uppercuts were directed at freshman Reps. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky GOP mostly silent in the face of Trump's racist 'go back' tweet," 15 July 2019 Woods emphatically punched the air with an animated right uppercut. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Pebble Beach’s 10 most memorable shots, including Watson and Nicklaus at 17," 9 June 2019 For his part, Ruiz offers an unvarnished account of his life – warts, uppercuts and all. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Big spotlight means ‘everything changed’ for Imperial boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.," 23 June 2019 Cejudo, an Olympic gold medal wrestler, showed off his striking game in the second round, delivering a series of uppercuts and knees to the face of Moraes. Patrick Rose, chicagotribune.com, "Tony Ferguson beats Donald Cerrone by TKO at UFC 238 at the United Center," 9 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of uppercut

boxing : a punch directed upward with a bent arm

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