Definition of uppercut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌpəkʌt/


1A punch delivered with an upwards motion and the arm bent.
Example sentences
  • He had a good long hard jab, his left hook and left uppercut were devastating punches.
  • He moved with impressive grace and skill, angling away from Hernandez's onrushes and countering effectively with uppercuts, straight right hands, and left hooks.
  • You hold the gloves and deliver uppercuts, hooks and jabs, taking care to sidestep or duck away from punches.
2 Baseball An upward batting stroke, typically resulting in a fly ball.
Example sentences
  • He brings the arm back a little and starts to move it upward for the uppercut.
  • Hall of Famer Joe Morgan notes that Gonzalez's swing has a natural uppercut to it, allowing him to drive the ball with more authority.
  • Beltran sometimes struggles with an uppercut and poor strike-zone judgment.

verb (uppercuts, uppercutting; past and past participle uppercut)

[with object]
Hit with an uppercut.
Example sentences
  • She rammed her fist in his stomach, causing him to double over and lifted her javelin horizontally, uppercutting him with it and making him fall to the ground.
  • The guy swung and, quick as lightning, Bryce ducked and uppercutted the guy.
  • Acting on instinct, he stepped forward and uppercutted the man in the nose.

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