meet (one's) Waterloo

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meet (one's) Waterloo

To experience a final and resounding defeat. (Napoleon Bonaparte suffered his crushing final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.) The underdog team met their Waterloo in the championship game and lost to the best team in the league 17-1.
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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.
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meet one's Waterloo

Suffer a major defeat, as in Our team's done well this season but is about to meet its Waterloo. This term alludes to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Belgium, in 1815, marking the end of his military domination of Europe. It was being transferred to other kinds of defeat by the mid-1800s.
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meet your Waterloo

If someone meets their Waterloo, they suffer a very severe defeat or failure, especially one which causes them to finally stop doing what they are trying to do. It was in attempting to climb the summit of this mountain that I realized I had met my Waterloo. Note: In 1815, the French leader Napoleon suffered his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium.
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meet your Waterloo

experience a final and decisive defeat.
The battle of Waterloo in 1815 marked the final defeat of Napoleon's army by the British and the Prussians.
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ˌmeet your Waterˈloo

be finally defeated: She can usually beat anyone at chess, but I think with Kathy she’s met her Waterloo.This idiom refers to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, in which Napoleon was finally defeated and taken prisoner.
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THE FUGUE brought jockey William Buick sweet redemption with victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes as French superstar Treve met her Waterloo.
Much of her set was themed, hits from Xanadu and Grease following each other, and she revisited her Eurovision experience by not just performing Long Live Love live for the first time since 1974, where she met her Waterloo, but the song she had hoped would be chosen by BBC viewers, Angel Eyes, and Abba's winning entry.
Humouresque met her Waterloo in the Group 1 Prix St Alary last time when finishing sixth behind Fidelite, but she had previously rattled up an impressive hat-trick ending in a Group 3 success at Saint-Cloud.
The blonde teenager may have made it into the second round but I predict she has met her Waterloo.
MARGARET Thatcher met her Waterloo over the poll tax: could Tony Blair do the same over top-up fees?
But Paula Carton met her Waterloo when fraud officers turned up at the PS250,000 home she shared with aristocrat Richard Wellesley.