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Waterloo, Battle of

Syllabification: Wa·ter·loo, Battle of
Pronunciation: /ˈwôtərˌlo͞o, ˈwä-
 
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Definition of Waterloo, Battle of in English:

1A battle fought on June 18, 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: 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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