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[wuhn-too] /ˈwʌnˈtu/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll give 'im one-two between the eyes if 'e touches me again.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He ducked a lumbering right swing, and sent a one-two to the body.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • He swung hard, Terran style, in what had come to be known as the ole one-two.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • Are our hearts always going to beat on, one-two, one-two, like the ticking of a clock?

    Lola Owen Davis
  • You might have counted one-two before he betrayed the least sign of having heard her.

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
British Dictionary definitions for one-two


(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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: good potent one-two punches


(also the old one-two or one-two punch or one-two blow) A combination of two blows with the fists, a short left jab plus a hard right cross, usually to the chin: zipping ''one-twos'' to the jaw (1811+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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