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checkmate

noun [U] uk   /ˈtʃek.meɪt/ us  
a winning position in chess in which you have put the other player's king under a direct attack from which it cannot escape a situation in which someone has been defeated or a plan cannot develop or continue
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checkmate
verb [T] uk   us  
My Dad can always checkmate me within 20 moves.
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