Definition of uppercut in US English:

uppercut

noun

  • 1A punch delivered with an upward motion and the arm bent.

    • ‘Cintron's hooks, uppercuts, and overhand rights dictated the fight and the win.’
    • ‘He moved with impressive grace and skill, angling away from Hernandez's onrushes and countering effectively with uppercuts, straight right hands, and left hooks.’
    • ‘Jeremey landed, ducked the last attack and delivered an uppercut, sending the attacker sprawling to the ground five feet away.’
    • ‘Khan now oozes with confidence, landing his punches and even throwing in uppercuts on his attack as he senses victory.’
    • ‘He had a good long hard jab, his left hook and left uppercut were devastating punches.’
    • ‘He crouches down and then launches his fist upward in the motion of an uppercut.’
    • ‘Generally, the issue only came up in fast-paced hooks, uppercuts and follow-up punches.’
    • ‘He leapt back to his feet quickly, lifting his fist to deliver a gruesome uppercut.’
    • ‘At the two-minute mark of the eleventh round, De La Hoya delivered a left uppercut that traveled less than 6 inches.’
    • ‘In one swift motion, he delivered a brutal uppercut to her chin, and she slumped to the ground.’
    • ‘And his left hook was every bit as formidable and devastating as his uppercut.’
    • ‘You hold the gloves and deliver uppercuts, hooks and jabs, taking care to sidestep or duck away from punches.’
    • ‘She looked at him for a moment, balled up her fist, and delivered an uppercut to his lower jaw that sent him off his feet and back towards the steps.’
    • ‘From past to present, boxers such as Jack Johnson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Mike Tyson and Eric Morales all had and have great uppercuts.’
    • ‘Expect a large assortment of straights, jabs, uppercuts, hooks, and more.’
    • ‘He punched the guard nearest to him in the face and aimed an uppercut punch just below his jaw.’
    • ‘During the training she unleashed several hook punches and uppercuts that were so ‘lightning fast’ they would subdue an aggressor before he know what hit him.’
    • ‘Tshehla was superb, particularly when boxing behind a left jab which was followed by a left uppercut - his best punch.’
    • ‘At thirty-eight seconds to go Tito delivered a pin-point left uppercut which had Ricardo hanging on for dear life.’
    • ‘Before the Commander could hit the ground, however, Talon slipped behind him, and delivered an uppercut to the small of his back, launching Baldric into the air.’
    blow, hit, knock, thump, thwack, box, jab, fist, cuff, clip, smash, slam, welt, straight, hook, body blow
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    1. 1.1Baseball An upward batting stroke, typically resulting in a fly ball.
      • ‘There are plenty of home runs, though, mostly by players with huge uppercut swings who are lucky enough to get a fastball they can handle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is difficult to strike out despite an uppercut swing that makes him a long-ball threat.’
      • ‘Beltran sometimes struggles with an uppercut and poor strike-zone judgment.’
      • ‘He is a switch hitter who has a severe uppercut, resulting in too many fly balls.’
      • ‘He brings the arm back a little and starts to move it upward for the uppercut.’

verb

[with object]
  • Hit with an uppercut.

    • ‘The guy swung and, quick as lightning, Bryce ducked and uppercutted the guy.’
    • ‘Lee's fist tightened as he uppercut the man right in under the jaw, knocking him through the ceiling.’
    • ‘Lawry ducked the blow and uppercut him in the jaw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He held the punk's head with his left and uppercutted him with his right.’
    • ‘Acting on instinct, he stepped forward and uppercutted the man in the nose.’
    • ‘He ducked under the second swing of the bat and uppercut the batter on the stomach.’

Pronunciation

uppercut

/ˈəpərˌkət//ˈəpərˌkət/