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wallop

walloped; walloping; wallops

A wallop is a hard punch or another strong hit. A boxer sometimes wins a match with one single, well-aimed wallop to their opponent.

A wallop is not just a physical blow, but it can also be a huge effect or impact. A principal's strongly worded lecture to a group of bullies might pack a wallop, for example, resulting in a major change in behavior. Use this word as a verb and it means "punch" or "defeat completely," so you'll frequently hear it in sports reporting: "The Wizards score the last points of the game and wallop the Pacers."

Definitions of wallop
  1. noun
    a severe blow
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    type of:
    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  2. noun
    a forceful consequence; a strong effect
    “the book packs a wallop
    synonyms: impact
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    type of:
    consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  3. verb
    hit hard
    synonyms: whack, wham, whop
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. verb
    defeat soundly and utterly
    “We'll wallop them!”
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
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