from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A one-two punch.

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  • noun soccer A quick one-touch play between two players.
  • noun boxing A one-two punch; two punches delivered in rapid succession


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  • What many have described as a "one-two" punch left the complex without its normal power supply (electricity from the grid) and also knocked out its backup power supply (a set of diesel generators), a condition known as a "station blackout."

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  • Ms. ANNE MILLING (Founder, Women of the Storm): With Katrina and then BP, boom, it was like a one-two punch.

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  • The substitute Daniel Alves smashed a shot against the post after a brilliant one-two with Messi around 15 minutes from time but neither side was able to find a winner ahead of next week's second leg at Camp Nou.

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  • Ms. ANNE MILLING (Founder, Women of the Storm): With Katrina and then BP, boom, it was like a one-two punch.

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  • Rooney had chances to score at Villa Park but, other than the shot he blazed over the bar from 15 yards in the 87th minute after a slick one-two with Michael Carrick, they were all from outside the area.

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  • The equaliser represented a one-two punch from two of Arsenal's less heralded old boys, Philippe Senderos heading a corner back for Steve Sidwell to nod home, but Zamora's goal was a giddy moment for the home crowd.

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  • The Italy midfielder scored his first with a lucky ricochet with four minutes to go after playing a one-two with Mirko Vucinic before making the game safe in injury time, firing a 25-metre volley through the legs of the Milan goalkeeper, Christian Abbiati.

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  • In many ways, the combination of Redbox for the immediacy and Netflix for the selection is the one-two punch.

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  • The hosts did not have to wait long for a second, which arrived when Keith Andrews played a neat one-two with Michael Chopra and cracked a rising shot past Joe Murphy from just inside the area.

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    1. two successive punches: in boxing, a punch with one hand followed by a punch from the side cross with the other hand
    2. quick sequential actions or events: two actions or events with significant effects that happen quickly in succession
    3. in soccer, a pass made to another player on the same team who then immediately passes to a new position taken up by the original passer

    July 24, 2008