technical-knockout

technical knockout

noun Boxing.
the termination of a bout by the referee when it is the judgment of the attending physician, a boxer's seconds, or the referee that a boxer cannot continue fighting without sustaining severe or disabling injury. Abbreviation: TKO, T.K.O.

Origin:
1945–50

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technical knockout
 
n
boxing a judgment of a knockout given when a boxer is in the referee's opinion too badly beaten to continue without risk of serious injury

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