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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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meet one's Waterloo, to

To experience a major defeat. Alluding to the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, Wendell Phillips used the term in1859 to describe the defeat of abolitionist John Brown in organizing a slave uprising at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (“Every man meets his Waterloo at last”).
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She saw also the arches of Waterloo Bridge and the carts moving across them, like the line of animals in a shooting gallery.
"I am not acquainted with any account of the wars of Mahomet, so that I can form no opinions as to his military talents; but if you had only watched the Emperor's tactics during the campaign in France, you might well have taken him for a god; and if he was beaten on the field of Waterloo, it was because he was more than mortal, it was because the earth found his weight too heavy to bear, and sprang from under his feet!
Rumor said that he had been a soldier at Waterloo. If he had lived I should have made him fight his battles over again.
Business leaders, researchers, and students celebrated the launch of the Collaboration on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity in Waterloo, Ontario.
The NRC Waterloo Collaboration on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity will conduct research that contributes to intelligent logistics and other applications.
The University of Waterloo is Canadas top innovation university, with more than 39,000 students and the world's largest co-operative education system of its kind.
We are proud to partner with the University of Waterloo and look forward to the success of this exciting collaboration."
This new hub offers the National Research Council and the University of Waterloo an opportunity to make significant strides that will develop Canadas strength in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things, and expand on our legacy of global impact.
TOO many mistakes and an inability to hold onto possession cost Waterloo dear as they went down 32-19 away to West Hartlepool.
Liam Reeve added the conversion and with the pack setting up good position, Ryan McKie was on hand to cross for a third, Reeve''s conversion bringing Waterloo to within a point with just 10 minutes remaining.
Unfortunately as Waterloo began to chase the win gaps appeared and exploiting these to the full West sealed the win with tries from Gareth Eddy converted by Waite and Gareth Forman.
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