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sockdologer

sockdolager

/ (sɒkˈdɒlədʒə) /
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noun slang, mainly US

a decisive blow or remark
an outstanding person or thing

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Word Origin for sockdologer

C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps from sock ² + doxology (in the sense: the closing act of a church service) + -er 1
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Example sentences from the Web for sockdologer

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

  • "That must've bin a sockdologer of a dose the Surgeon gave me," he muttered to himself.

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