verb (checkmat, ing)
- The conclusive victory in a game of chess that occurs when an opponent's king has no possible move that can remove him from check, the threat of attack.
- (figuratively, by extension) Any situation that has no obvious escape and involves some personal loss.
- (transitive, chess) To put the king of an opponent into checkmate.
Etymology: From (Pers.) (fa-Arab, Ù Ù) (ÅÄh mÄt), the king is dead or the king is conquered (borrowed through Middle English chekmat, through Old French eschec mat).
- That jerk checkmated me in four moves!
- (transitive, by extension) To lead to a situation that has no obvious escape without some personal loss.
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