sucker punch

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Noun[edit]

sucker punch (plural sucker punches)

  1. (idiomatic) An unexpected punch or similar blow.
    • 2011 January 8, Chris Bevan, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Leeds”, BBC:
      The Championship highflyers almost got their reward for a resilient performance on their first visit to the Emirates, surviving a flurry of first-half Arsenal chances before hitting back with a classic sucker punch.
  2. (idiomatic) A disabling punch targeting a place which is not normally acceptable in a "fair fight", such as on the back of the head.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (punch in a place that is not a target in a fair fight): rabbit punch

Verb[edit]

sucker punch

  1. (idiomatic) To deliver an unexpected blow.