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or sock·dol·o·ger  (sŏk-dŏl′ə-jər)
n. Slang
1. A conclusive blow or remark.
2. Something outstanding.

[Origin unknown.]
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(sɒkˈdɒl ə dʒər)

n. Older Slang.
1. something unusually large, etc.
2. a decisive reply, argument, etc.
3. a heavy, finishing blow.
[1820–30, Amer.; sock2 + -dolager, of uncertain orig.]
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References in classic literature ?
bumble-umble-um-bum-bum- bum-bum -- and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit -- and then RIP comes an- other flash and another sockdolager. The waves most washed me off the raft sometimes, but I hadn't any clothes on, and didn't mind.
"The sockdolager, of course, is that the defendants have forged a substantial link between the restrictions imposed on the public carriage of firearms and the indisputable governmental interests in public safety and crime prevention.
On the back cover, we feature an excerpt from Bruce McKay's sockdolager of a short story titled "Flower Street" (seepage 307).