- Also called one-two punch. Boxing. a left-hand jab immediately followed by a right cross.
- Informal. any strong or effective combination of two people or things: The old one-two of a good passer and a good receiver is the best way to win football games.
- Fencing. a type of attack made up of two movements.
- employing or suggesting a one-two; with one major or powerful thing or person combined with or following another.
Origin of one-two
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for one-two
And there was a time, prior to the one-two punch of Catwoman and Elektra, when superhero films were championed minority heroes.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World
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Victims and those who work with victims of sexual assault describe the pain as a one-two punch.Harvard’s Biggest Problem With Sexual Assault Is Harvard Itself
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Had it been a one-two result, could you imagine the sibling rivalry?What’s a Key to Victory in Sochi? Coming So Close to Defeat.
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Instead, they were both taken out in a one-two shot by supposed good guy Michael, in one of the biggest twists of the series.The 10 Most Shocking Lost Deaths
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February 1, 2010
I'll give 'im one-two between the eyes if 'e touches me again.The Christian
He ducked a lumbering right swing, and sent a one-two to the body.Nights in London
He swung hard, Terran style, in what had come to be known as the ole one-two.The Sex Life of the Gods
Are our hearts always going to beat on, one-two, one-two, like the ticking of a clock?Lola
You might have counted one-two before he betrayed the least sign of having heard her.Manslaughter
Alice Duer Miller
- boxing a jab with the leading hand followed by a cross with the other hand
- soccer another term for wall pass
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