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technical knockout

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noun Boxing.
  1. the termination of a bout by the referee when it is the judgment of the attending physician, a boxer's seconds, or the referee that a boxer cannot continue fighting without sustaining severe or disabling injury. Abbreviation: TKO, T.K.O.
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Origin of technical knockout

First recorded in 1945–50
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technical knockout

noun
  1. boxing a judgment of a knockout given when a boxer is in the referee's opinion too badly beaten to continue without risk of serious injury
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