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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Definitions for sockdolager

  1. Older Slang. something unusually large, heavy, etc.
  2. Older Slang. a decisive reply, argument, etc.
  3. Older Slang. a heavy, finishing blow: His right jab is a real sockdolager.

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Citations for sockdolager
And every second or two there'd come a glare that lit up the whitecaps for half a mile around, and you'd see the islands looking dusty through the rain, and the trees thrashing around in the wind; then comes a h-whack!--bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-bum-bum-bum-bum--and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit--and then rip comes another flash and another sockdolager. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884
There's a sockdolager of a lightning storm moving in. It will hit the district about dark. Check your protection and get ready for night observation of lightning strikes. Montgomery M. Atwater, "Smokechaser," Boys' Life, June 1947
Origin of sockdolager
1820-1830
Sockdolager is an Americanism that came into popular use in the 1820s. Its first element, sock, means "a hard blow."
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