smack·​down | \ ˈsmak-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce smackdown (audio) \

Definition of smackdown

1 : the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent
2 : a contest in entertainment wrestling
3 : a decisive defeat
4 : a confrontation between rivals or competitors

Examples of smackdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The annual soup smackdown offers tastes of homemade soups, with winners announced for best concoctions. Sheryl Devore,, 27 Dec. 2021 Republican-on-Republican violence, and any smackdown involving Trump. al, 21 Dec. 2021 After La Russa’s public smackdown, Mercedes’ teammates defended him to the media. Stacy St. Clair,, 9 Oct. 2021 There a huge property smackdown happening in Bel-Air. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Galanin’s photograph of these words, a smackdown of the Hollywood sign two hours away, hangs in the Tsai Residence living room. Michelle Falkenstein, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Here’s the rundown on Mater Dei’s 45-3 smackdown of Duncanville. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 All Stars, in the form of a lip-sync smackdown for Rudemption in the competition. Justin Curto, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 This latest installment of the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi smackdown franchise casts Key as an ex-Marine alongside Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane and Trevante Rhodes. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of smackdown

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2022

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“Smackdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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