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sucker-punch

[ suhk-er-puhnch ]
/ ˈsʌk ərˌpʌntʃ /
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verb (used with object) Slang.

to strike (someone) with an unexpected blow.

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British Dictionary definitions for sucker-punch

sucker punch

noun

a sudden surprise punch, esp from behind
a sudden unexpected defeat or setback
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Idioms and Phrases with sucker-punch

sucker punch

An unexpected blow, as in They felt that suddenly raising the interest rate was a sucker punch to the administration. This expression comes from boxing, where it is used for a punch delivered unexpectedly; boxing great Jack Dempsey wrote, “The right lead [for a right-handed boxer] is called a sucker punch.” [Slang; mid-1900s]

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