roundhouse punch

roundhouse punch

n. a punch to the head made by swinging the arm in an arc rather than by a jabbing punch. He let him have a roundhouse punch that would have cracked a two-by-four.
See also: punch
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I opened the door and she leapt out of her bed and hit me with a roundhouse punch that, had I not blocked it, would have undoubtedly broken my face.
That lighting of the 82-year-old building by Deborah Gottesman, Gottesman Associates, Toronto, packs all the visual impact of, well, a perfectly placed roundhouse punch.
Not content with this forthright jab, he proceeded to mete out a roundhouse punch of pugnacious prose: "Yellow Dog isn't bad as in not very good or slightly disappointing.
The shot was like a roundhouse punch to the gut of the Clippers' playoff seeding
Whether or not we like our results, we can view them as life's way of offering us lessons--sometimes with a gentle tap on the shoulder, sometimes a shove, and sometimes a roundhouse punch that knocks us flat on our back.
Each roundhouse punch thrown was parlayed by an ever-so-slight movement by Kamen.
The label "boxing promoter" conjures up images of Don King: hair standing on end, illuminated in the flashbulb glare of a Las Vegas news conference, 50-cent words flying on a voice that hits the ear with the force of a roundhouse punch.