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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHECKMATE

She got their whole plan and went along to try to checkmate them.

He moved about the board with an assumption that said, I can checkmate you when I will!

I can see that he is artfully intriguing for Mr. Wharton's favor, but I must checkmate him.

It was the cruellest thing to checkmate him after so much labour, she considered.

Therefore, it is imperative that we know Grant's plans so that we can checkmate them.

His enemies knew this, and they did their best to checkmate him.

Each player tried to checkmate the other by the skillful use of his men.

From now on we should be able to checkmate them pretty neatly.

Two fleets equipped with the new device might checkmate each other.

You and I will try to checkmate that pack if there is anything uncanny in it.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French eschec mat (Modern French échec et mat), which (with Spanish jaque y mate, Italian scacco-matto) is from Arabic shah mat "the king died" (see check (n.1)), which according to Barnhart is a misinterpretation of Persian mat "be astonished" as mata "to die," mat "he is dead." Hence Persian shah mat, if it is the ultimate source of the word, would be literally "the king is left helpless, the king is stumped."

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