the old one-two

the old one-two (punch)

1. Two quick punches delivered to one's opponent in rapid succession, one coming from each hand. The boxer's put his opponent in a daze with a flurry of punches, then brought him down to the mat with the old one-two. The guy refused to leave us alone, so I gave him the old one-two and shut him up for good.
2. Two actions, events, strategies, people, etc., that work in combination to deliver a very effective or powerful result. The two lawyers have become the one-two punch of the firm, bringing a perfect combination of abilities to tackle any case. The storm is predicted to bring the old-one two—devastating winds and a deluge of rainfall.
See also: old

the old one-two

1. n. a series of two punches delivered quickly, one after another. Tom gave Bill the old one-two, and the argument was ended right there.
2. n. any destructive assault on an idea, thing, or person. I gave his proposal the old one-two. Next time he will be better prepared.
See also: old
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Two Jack Doyle points helped Wicklow into the interval lead, but their manager Seamus Murphy knew the game was up when Kerry hit them with the old one-two.
The old one-two WASPS laboured badly through a third quarter which was played almost exclusively in their half, and badly needed a spark to reignite their attack and secure the third try which would clinch the result.
Relegation threatened Blackburn were hit by the old one-two as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer put Swansea in the driving A Sc c cott Sinclair inspired third goal set the seal on things and despite the efforts of David Dunn, it was another three points for Brendan Rodgers' men [bar] Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Blackburn's Grant Hanley battle for the ball
He did not look particularly sharp, maybe as a consequence of the strengthening work he did over the winter, but then again he did execute the old one-two with his brother and from then on may have been happy to mark and wait for another day.
The big man in red couldn't have done a better job than But the uniformed staff played the old one-two, giving me hot, fresh chips GRAHAM YOUNG
Forget about the old one-two punch: foundation and powder.
Yet credit unions are on the receiving end of the old one-two punch between unintended consequences at the fore and an uppercut of being loved to death.
Findlay gives it the old one-two, first by hitting Davey with punchy questions about how he knows so much about her son--and then dancing away before the boy's nerves snap.
First, there was the restricted space Everton gave them to work in, then a couple of quick fire goals - the old one-two - that yanked the stuffing out of them.
I hit them with the old one-two about theft favorite TV programs, films, clothing and music.
High-tech had advertising directors feeling low in February as the Consumer Electronics and Computer Stores categories of the Retail ROP Index gave them the old one-two -- with each registering a double-digit percentage decline compared with the same month a year earlier.
TEAM SKY godfather Sir David Brailsford came out swinging as his jersey boys hit their Tour de France rivals with the old one-two.
Video ref Rowan Kitt saw the old one-two and whistler Craig Maxwell-Keys gave Brits his marching orders on the half hour.
Video official Rowan Kitt saw the old one-two and referee Craig Maxwell-Keys duly gave Brits his marching orders.