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

Definition of sockdolager in English:


US informal
1A forceful blow.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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