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[uhp-er-kuht] /ˈʌp ərˌkʌt/
a swinging blow directed upward, as to an adversary's chin.
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.
to strike (an opponent) with an uppercut.
verb (used without object), uppercut, uppercutting.
to deliver an uppercut.
Bridge. to make an uppercut.
Origin of uppercut
First recorded in 1840-50; upper1 + cut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With a snarl, Rodman lunged at Rivers, who deftly stopped him with an uppercut.

  • He then dashed in and uppercut his opponent severely on the occiput.

  • He caught Chalmers' arm as it was traveling back for an uppercut, and held it.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
  • 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
  • One, at least, of his eyes were closed, and I had just given him an uppercut on the nose.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • It was an uppercut and it found a clean hole between the Sergeants two arms, and met him flush on the point of the jaw.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • "It's called an uppercut," he shouted to the amazement of the other passengers.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • The latter met him with an uppercut that shook him from head to foot.

British Dictionary definitions for uppercut


a short swinging upward blow with the fist delivered at an opponent's chin
verb -cuts, -cutting, -cut
to hit (an opponent) with an uppercut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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