Definition of sockdolager in English:

sockdolager

Line breaks: sock|dol¦ager
Pronunciation: /sɒkˈdɒlədʒə
 
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noun

US informal
  • 1A forceful blow.
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    • His talent was delivering sockdolagers with his rifle butt.
    • Get busy, fellows, and let them have something in return for these two sockdolagers.
  • 2An exceptional person or thing.
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    • Here was another sockdolager; for, when I began to think about it, I could not remember a thing in the Constitution that authorized it.
    • Nothing would suit me better than to pull in some of the sockdolagers you'll find in that lake.
    • A knock on the head with a stick stilled him, and I had one of the genuine "sockdolagers" of the Indian Lake as my captive.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably a fanciful formation from sock.

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