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uppercut

[uhp-er-kuht] /ˈʌp ərˌkʌt/
noun
1.
a swinging blow directed upward, as to an adversary's chin.
2.
Bridge. a play of a higher trump than necessary knowing it can be overtrumped by an opponent but that if overtrumped, one or more trump winners in the hand of one's partner will be established.
verb (used with object), uppercut, uppercutting.
3.
to strike (an opponent) with an uppercut.
verb (used without object), uppercut, uppercutting.
4.
to deliver an uppercut.
5.
Bridge. to make an uppercut.
Origin of uppercut
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; upper1 + cut
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  • He then dashed in and uppercut his opponent severely on the occiput.

  • Bertram jerked his right hand up from his hip to illustrate the uppercut.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • And it was in this second that Denby uppercut him so that he fell with a thud to the floor.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • The latter met him with an uppercut that shook him from head to foot.

  • One, at least, of his eyes were closed, and I had just given him an uppercut on the nose.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • His uppercut caught the big fellow flush on the jaw, and staggered him.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • "It's called an uppercut," he shouted to the amazement of the other passengers.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • One went to the floor with an uppercut under the chin; but came back.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • He caught Chalmers' arm as it was traveling back for an uppercut, and held it.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for uppercut

uppercut

/ˈʌpəˌkʌt/
noun
1.
a short swinging upward blow with the fist delivered at an opponent's chin
verb -cuts, -cutting, -cut
2.
to hit (an opponent) with an uppercut
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