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noun (slang, mainly US)
a decisive blow or remark
an outstanding person or thing
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps from sock² + doxology (in the sense: the closing act of a church service) + -er1
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  • "That must've bin a sockdologer of a dose the Surgeon gave me," he muttered to himself.

  • But his further utterance was stopped by the little drummer springing up and dealing him a 'sockdologer' under the ear.

  • Late in the afternoon we arrived at a much worse place than the sockdologer, though the fall was not so great.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

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