Definition of takedown in English:


Syllabification: take·down
Pronunciation: /ˈtākˌdoun
chiefly North American


  • 1A wrestling maneuver in which an opponent is swiftly brought to the mat from a standing position.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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