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coldcock

To strike someone, knocking them down and, possibly, rendering them unconscious. The burglar would have escaped too, had a passerby not coldcocked him. Everyone was stunned when that scrawny nerd coldcocked the bully.
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coldcock someone

to knock someone unconscious. He hit him once and looks like he coldcocked him. She cold-cocked him with her walking stick.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

coldcock

tv. to knock someone out. The clerk coldcocked the would-be robber with a champagne bottle.
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Elected on that most domestic of rhetorical questions--"Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"--Ronald Reagan burnished his legend by cold-cocking communism and liberating Grenada's oppressed masses.
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