[ waw-ter-loo, wot-er-, waw-ter-loo, wot-er-; for 1 also Flemish vah-tuhr-loh ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌlu, ˈwɒt ər-, ˌwɔ tərˈlu, ˌwɒt ər-; for 1 also Flemish ˈvɑ tərˌloʊ /


a village in central Belgium, south of Brussels: Napoleon decisively defeated here on June 18, 1815.
a decisive or crushing defeat: The candidate met her Waterloo in the national elections.
a city in E Iowa.
a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada.



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/ (ˌwɔːtəˈluː) /


a small town in central Belgium, in Walloon Brabant province south of Brussels: battle (1815) fought nearby in which British and Prussian forces under the Duke of Wellington and Blücher routed the French under Napoleon. Pop: 29 003 (2004 est)
a total or crushing defeat (esp in meet one's Waterloo)
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Idioms and Phrases with waterloo


see meet one's waterloo.

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