- a severe rebuke or criticism: his amazing smackdown of the protesters.
- a humbling defeat.
- a confrontation, contest, or fight, as between wrestlers or other competitors.
Origin of smackdown
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Examples from the Web for smackdown
I happen to be of his godless camp, but I found this smackdown gratuitous and rude.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2014
But in 2013, Obama was fresh off his re-election victory and we saw “Smackdown II.”Obama Will Weaponize Comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
May 2, 2014
For a final test in the smackdown, I choose the far less threatening Breathe Owl Breathe.Why Is Apple Punishing Me, a Loyal Fanboy, With iOS 7?
September 19, 2013
WATCH our Stern vs. Leno smackdown with five celebs they both interviewed.‘The Tonight Show’ Fight: Howard Stern vs. Jay Leno
The Daily Beast Video
March 20, 2013
His smackdown was so deadly, certain fans still refer to Bruni as “The Ninja” seven years on.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells
November 16, 2012
- a wrestling bout
- any intensely fought contest
- a decisive blow
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