Definition of takedown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtākˌdoun/
chiefly North American


1A wrestling maneuver in which an opponent is swiftly brought to the mat from a standing position.
Example sentences
  • I had an advantage over all the other boys I had to wrestle; Ambucs had a fantastic head coach who taught us techniques out of any jam and ways of surprising your opponent with a takedown.
  • I went back to learning judo throws and wrestling takedowns.
  • The most common takedowns come mainly from freestyle wrestling.
2 informal A police raid or arrest.
Example sentences
  • The Court was concerned in that case with a videotaped re-enactment of a police takedown.
  • One neighbour was told by an officer that they were ‘executing a dynamic takedown.’
3 [as modifier] Denoting a firearm with the capacity to have the barrel and magazine detached from the stock.
Example sentences
  • There's room for tons of gear or even a takedown rifle or shotgun.
  • The old Favorites were all takedown guns, while the new Model 30G was a solid frame.
  • Regardless, Taylor's & Co. is now offering a Model 92 as a perfect companion for .44 Special sixguns with the added bonus of being a takedown rifle.

Words that rhyme with takedown

breakdown, shakedown

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Syllabification: take·down

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