Definition of smackdown in English:


Syllabification: smack·down
Pronunciation: /ˈsmakˌdoun


informal , chiefly US
  • 1A bitter contest or confrontation: the age-old man versus Nature smackdown
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    • Like an old ethnography, the film's musical smackdowns are rich in cultural and racial stereotypes: Mexicans play a mariachi, Africans beat drums, a Thai man plays a mournful oriental flute.
    • With no alternative, she learns to fight and confronts him for the final smackdown.
    • I want to tell you one thing: I'll take you Times Square later and lay the smackdown on you.
  • 2A decisive or humiliating defeat or setback.
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    • His tongue-in-cheek lyrics and sex-drenched growling vocals, gave a huge smackdown to the critics and music industry tools blatant ignorance of indie bands.
    • Luckily he didn't have a witty pun to throw into the mix for this contestant or I may have lain the smackdown on the television.
    • As it happens, one of these smackdowns came on the newspaper's editorial page website.


1990s: from smack1.

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