sucker punch


1. a sudden, unexpected blow






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be hit with a sucker punch

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A 'sucker punch' is a violent blow or violent strike. The blow in question can refer to being physically struck by somebody unexpectedly, or a damaging defeat or setback. To strike somebody when they are not looking or expecting it is seen as a sneaky, cowardly, and dangerous act, and it is often done without any provocation. In this sense, the term is used exclusively in a social context. A setback or defeat that is a 'sucker punch' can be debilitating, even catastrophic due to it's unexpected and forceful nature, and can be applied to either a social or professional context. A similar term is 'to blindside somebody.' This is an informal expression.

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  1. The new tax hike came totally out of the blue and was a sucker punch to the millions in the country who are already struggling to make ends meet.
  2. The boxer was sucker punched by his opponent when the two fighters went to touch gloves before the start of the bout.

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  1. The other company's decision to withdraw from the deal at the very last minute was a sucker punch that we are still struggling to recover from.

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