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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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checkmatecheck‧mate /ˈtʃekmeɪt/ noun [countable, uncountable]  1 DGBthe position of the king (=most important piece) in chess at the end of the game, when it is being directly attacked and cannot escape2 a situation in which someone has been completely defeatedcheckmate verb [transitive] The king is checkmated and the game is over.
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checkmateIt was not a checkmate move.If they succeed in cutting it, they will have achieved checkmate.That is checkmate for his argument.
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