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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At the same time, Captain Sarfraz met his Waterloo at the Manchester battlefield.
In Akwa Ibom, a young ballot box snatcher met his waterloo when soldiers monitoring the exercise in Ukanafun Local Council gunned him down as he made away with ballot box at a polling unit in Ikot Udo Ossiom Village.
He has been accused of carrying on inspection and extorting money from business houses and residents.Kamara met his waterloo on Wednesday, 19 December when state security officers in Ganta arrested him in the alleged act at several business centers.
In the interim, Salkida can continue to deny the killing of another strategic terrorist leader, he can continue to deny that the terror infrastructure is being gradually pulled apart one highly placed commander after the other, but what he cannot wish away is the fact that another Baban Hassan has met his waterloo and whoever replaces him will meet the same fate, whether they decide to retain the name Baban Hassan or decide on a new 'nom de guerre'.
His met his waterloo in the killing of hundreds of Southern Sudanese nationals by rival factions of Sudan Peace Liberation Movement (SPLM), forcing then United Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to send a team of investigators to the worlds youngest nation to save face.After four months into the job, I got a letter inviting me to New York (US) for the induction course.
The venerable patriarch of TV comedy met his waterloo just last month, when not one, not two, but more than 10 women separately came out of his dark past to accuse him of serial acts of sexual enticement, seductionand outright attack.
The All-Ireland quarterfinal win over Galway could well have been when he met his Waterloo but, again, while he aggravated the shoulder, he didn't suffer critical damage.
But it remains to be seen if Andy has finally met his Waterloo.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.
Patna Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was never far removed from the political centre stage for over three decades has met his Waterloo. The mauling in the Bihar elections has potentially finished off the career of the man who emerged as the unquestioned leader of weaker sections of society in the 1990s.
After your exploration of Corsica, we will also stay on the Tuscan coast, with a visit to Elba, to where the most famous of all Corsicans, Napoleon, was exiled before he met his Waterloo.
POCKET POWER finally met his Waterloo when he was beaten into third in the J & B Met at Kenilworth yesterday, writes Michael Clower.
He met his Waterloo at the fishselling challenge in Islington; seven days later, mosaic artist and company director Shazia Wahab was hung out to dry following the laundry task.
He met his Waterloo at the fish selling challenge in Islington.
MUCH-MALIGNED midfield mop-top Robbie Savage met his Waterloo the other week in the form of a small rodent.