sucker-punch [ suhk-er-puhnch ] SHOW IPA / ˈsʌk ərˌpʌntʃ / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used with object) Slang. to strike (someone) with an unexpected blow.
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OTHER WORDS FROM sucker-punch sucker punch, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sucker-punch noun a sudden surprise punch, esp from behind a sudden unexpected defeat or setback
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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