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  • noun Australia, slang, also used figuratively A blow intended to incapacitate in one hit, often delivered without warning.
  • verb Australia, slang, also used figuratively To attack a victim and knock them unconscious with a single punch.


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  • A violent attack made with intent to cause maximum damage. Best-known in Australia (the term, that is -- not the activity), which somehow gives the term more charm despite its meaning.

    Usage: a verb (e.g., "Primrose Alabaster was king hit outside of the milk bar"), or a noun (e.g., "He received a king hit that nearly set fire to his ivy cap").

    March 21, 2008

  • I'd say the activity is reasonably well-known in Australia :-( Usually has the connotation of a low-life attacking someone from behind and knocking them out with a single blow.

    March 21, 2008

  • Erm, ouch. Makes my comment about charm to be pretty crass, but that's what I get for an attempt at glibness in this context.

    Nonetheless, thanks for the clarification. :[

    March 22, 2008

  • It would be awesome if the Australian version of Mortal Kombat used "king hit" instead of fatality.

    March 22, 2008

  • "A young man is fighting for his life after being struck from behind with a single punch to the head outside a Bendigo pub while trying to go to the aid of another patron.

    Police said the 23-year-old's attacker ran from behind and king-hit him near the entrance of the Newmarket Hotel on Strickland Street about 12.45am yesterday. He is believed to have been unconscious when his head hit the footpath."

    - Nino Bucci, Pub patron in a critical condition after 'king-hit' from behind,, 13 Oct 2009.

    October 12, 2009