smack·​down ˈsmak-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce smackdown (audio)
: the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent
: a contest in entertainment wrestling
: a decisive defeat
: a confrontation between rivals or competitors

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Moments after Kansas City took a knee to complete its 44-23 smackdown of the home team, McCaffrey walked onto the field with his new teammates. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Oct. 2022 Well, at least the DC superhero films had a good streak before this big and boisterous dud, with Johnson as the super-powered title dude who escapes 5,000 years of imprisonment and starts laying the smackdown on a bunch of heroes. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 A few weeks after the Allentown smackdown, Casey isn’t budging from his remarks. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 10 Oct. 2022 For this reason, most blockchain developers try to model their projects after Bitcoin and Ethereum which have successfully avoided an SEC smackdown to date. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Despite the third-seeded Sooners’ smackdown, and despite finishing fifth in the Big 12, fifth-seeded Texas (42-19) will serve as one of 16 NCAA tournament regional hosts when play begins next week, the NCAA revealed Sunday night. San Antonio Express-News, 29 May 2022 Summer 2022's smackdown will be a Westeros vs. Middle Earth duel. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 The four queens with the most Legendary Legend Stars at the end of the competition will fight for the crown in a lip sync smackdown. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 23 May 2022 As the dust settled, the queens returned to the main stage for the lip-sync smackdown, with longtime RuPaul collaborator and iconic singer-songwriter Elton John introducing the standard rules. Joey Nolfi,, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of smackdown was in 1931

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“Smackdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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