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A.Word.A.Day--waterloo

(WOT-uhr-loo) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A crushing or final defeat.

[After Waterloo, a village in central Belgium where the Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815. That was Napoleon Bonaparte's last battle. He was decisively defeated by the British and Prussian forces and exiled to the island of Saint Helena.]

"Even masters like Charles, Walcott, and Moore all met their Waterloos against hard-hitting Rocky Marciano, who retired undefeated in 1956."
David A. Avila; Two Heavyweights Try It One More Time; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California); Jan 6, 2007.

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