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Waterloo, Battle of Line breaks: Bat¦tle of Water|loo
Pronunciation: /ˌwɔːtəˈluː/

Definition of Waterloo, Battle of in English:

1A battle fought on 18 June 1815 near the village of Waterloo (in what is now Belgium), in which Napoleon’s army was defeated by the British (under the Duke of Wellington) and Prussians. The allied pursuit caused Napoleon’s army to disintegrate entirely, ending his bid to return to power.
1.1 (as noun a Waterloo) A decisive defeat or failure: the coach rued the absence of his top player as his team met their Waterloo
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  • Woods wasn't alone - Colin Montgomerie, David Toms and Phil Mickelson all met their Waterloos in the wet stuff - but like a true champion he bounced back.
  • But while awaiting this plan D, it is Europe that has suffered a Waterloo this June 18.
  • Building societies faced just such a Waterloo a few years ago, when at one stage it was as if the entire sector would be swallowed up by the banks.

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