checkmate

Checkmate is a chess move that makes it impossible for your opponent to win. A checkmate can also be any kind of clear victory.

In chess, a checkmate is a move that leaves your opponent with no more options: there is no move that won't result in you getting their king and therefore ending the game. Since a checkmate is so final, the word is used for other kinds of final victories. In basketball, a three-point shot that seals a win could be called a checkmate. In politics, a speech that wins votes and wraps up an election could be called a checkmate.

Definitions of checkmate
  1. noun
    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
    synonyms: mate
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    type of:
    chess move
    the act of moving a chess piece
  2. noun
    complete victory
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    type of:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  3. verb
    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
    “Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves”
    synonyms: mate
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    type of:
    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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