meet Waterloo

meet one's Waterloo

Fig. to meet one's final and insurmountable challenge. (Alludes to the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.) The boss is being very hard on Bill. It seems that Bill has finally met his Waterloo. John was more than Sally could handle. She has finally met her Waterloo.
See also: meet, Waterloo

meet your Waterloo

if someone who has been successful in the past meets their Waterloo, they are defeated by someone who is too strong for them or by a problem which is too difficult for them
Usage notes: The French leader Napoleon was finally defeated at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
She finally met her Waterloo when she tried to take on the club champion.
See meet in the flesh, come to a sticky end
See also: meet, Waterloo
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In the Liverpool Senior Cup mixed fortunes as APH went down 5-1 to Bootle, however it eas better fortune for East Villa, who beat St Helens 6-3 after extra-time at Litherland Sports, and now meet Waterloo Dock in the next round.
And it went in Lockwood's favour 9-5, and they went through to the final to meet Waterloo who had beaten Lockwood B by 23 points, 84-61.
In the George Mahon Cup round three Aigburth PH beat Collegiate OB 4-0 to meet Waterloo Dock in the semi final while Old Xaverians needed a penalty from Sean Highdale to move into the last 4 over REMYCA United.
At the same time, among the dozens of other organised rugby union games on Merseyside, Caldy third XV host Northwich and St Mary's Old Boys meet Waterloo fourth XV.
The finalists of the Senior Shield were decided when Old Cathinians beat Naylorsfield 3-1 to meet Waterloo GSOB, who saw off the challenge of Quarry Bank OB 6-1 in the other tie.
France meet Waterloo in Wilkinson,' it proclaimed after had strangled the life out of the French in their World Cup semi-final with three drop goals and five penalties from the greatest kicker in rugby.
WEST PARK and Hull (not Hull Ionians) kick off the new local rug by union season with a preliminary round Powergen Cup tie today in a match given added spice by the fact that the winners will travel to Blundellsands to meet Waterloo in the next round.