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  1. Also called one-two punch .Boxing. a left-hand jab immediately followed by a right cross.

  2. 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.

  1. Fencing. a type of attack made up of two movements.

  1. 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

Words Nearby one-two Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use one-two in a sentence

  • One—two— With a terrific crash, the window panes fell upon the desks; the floor shook beneath our feet.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • And then one—two—three—four—five of the huge dodo-tetrapteryx birds shot out, poised for a moment, and leaped into flight.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
  • "One—two—three—four—five, you are right," said Mr. Beresford.

    Penelope's English Experiences | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Coulter did steady down in a most astonishing manner, for he sent the Yale men to the bench in one-two-three order.

    Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
  • Wash the plums and prick each one two or three times with a fork.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

British Dictionary definitions for one-two


  1. boxing a jab with the leading hand followed by a cross with the other hand

  2. soccer another term for wall pass

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