Definition of sucker punch in English:

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sucker punch


An unexpected punch or blow.
Example sentences
  • Pushing ensued and then O'Neal made like the other O'Neal and threw a sucker punch.
  • In training camp, he crushed the eyesocket of a teammate with a sucker punch and by the end of the season he was ensnared in the THG drug scandal and contemplating retirement after a series of concussions.
  • When you're used to being patted on the back all the time, a devastating counterargument feels like a sucker punch.


(sucker-punch) [with object]
Hit (someone) with an unexpected punch or blow: Joe sucker-punched him and knocked him out
More example sentences
  • He was sucker-punched, a bottle was broken over his right eye, a knife was plunged through the back of his leather jacket six inches deep into his body and he received 10 other stab wounds.
  • I don't mean to sucker-punch every coach's son - just the ones who deserve it.
  • On one assignment, I decided to sucker-punch my favorite teacher.

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Syllabification: suck·er punch

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