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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for one-two

blow, shot, stroke, jab, slap, clip, jog, clout, slam, rap, belt, poke, nudge, pummel, sock, thump, strike, prod, box, biff

Examples from the Web for one-two

Contemporary Examples of one-two

Historical Examples of one-two

  • 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.

  • Are our hearts always going to beat on, one-two, one-two, like the ticking of a clock?


    Owen Davis

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


    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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