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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They narrate that he eventually met his waterloo when some unidentified residents of the community on Friday, 16 February caught him while being chased by another angry mob from an adjacent community, Yanford Town.
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.
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.
As with the human species, many a male gobbler has met his Waterloo when his hormones compromised his good judgment.
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.
Sanders had met his Waterloo in the South coast resort of Torquay, the town,incidentally, whereJohn Cleese booked into the hotel that inspired Fawlty Towers.
MUCH-MALIGNED midfield mop-top Robbie Savage met his Waterloo the other week in the form of a small rodent.
Now Graham may have met his Waterloo - or in Premier League parlance, his Man United.
Kevin had two decent years but met his Waterloo when Wales went to Twickenham this season and ended up taking a record hiding.