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What does meet your Waterloo mean?

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meet your Waterloo

If someone meets their Waterloo they are defeated by someone who is stronger or by a problem that is very difficult to surmount.

The phrase to meet one's Waterloo refers to the Battle of Waterloo near Belgium in 1815 where the French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated. The phrase entered the English language as a phrase signifying a great test with a final and decisive outcome - generally one resulting in failure and proving vincibility for something or someone who had seemed unbeatable.

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He met his Waterloo when he was challenged by the young contestant.

This idiom is in the war category

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