checkmate

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From Middle English chekmat, from Old French eschec mat, from Arabic, from Persian شاه مات (šāh māt, literally the king is stumped, or ambushed).

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checkmate

  1. (chess) Word called out by the victor when making the conclusive move.

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checkmate (plural checkmates)

  1. The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king is threatened with unavoidable capture.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Any losing situation with no escape; utter defeat.

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checkmate (third-person singular simple present checkmates, present participle checkmating, simple past and past participle checkmated)

  1. (transitive, chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
    That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
  2. (transitive, by extension) To place in a losing situation that has no escape.

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