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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Definitions for sockdolager

  1. A decisive reply, argument.
  2. Something unusually large, heavy, etc.
  3. A heavy, finishing blow.

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Citations for sockdolager
WHACK! - bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-bum-bum-bum-bum - and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit - and then RIP comes another flash and another sockdolager. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Your first day awake with us was some sockdolager," Andy said. "You handled them sharps slick as grease." Darryl Brock, If I Never Get Back
Origin of sockdolager
Sockdolager is an odd American combination from the 1830s. Its probable components are sock, as in "striking a blow," and doxology, "a fervent hymn to god." Sockdolager is also possibly the last word Abraham Lincoln heard before he was assassinated.