- the exchange of gunshots, usually with intent to wound or kill.
Origin of gunplay
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Examples from the Web for gunplay
Over time, the patterns of gunplay and stabbings reminded Slutkin of the diseases crossing rural Africa.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence
April 11, 2014
And, yes, Black Friday provides the spectacle of gunplay, arrests, and casual violence.Black Friday Doesn’t Matter: Every Day Is Cyber Monday
November 26, 2012
You're up against something now that gunplay doesn't figure in.The Grain Ship
The crowd blinked; but when it opened its eyes the gunplay had not occurred.
He had watched the Hawk's gunplay with an awe-stricken face; its speed never failed to amaze him.The Passing of Ku Sui
He explains that gunplay gravitates to men who are the real thing—that it is provoked by the four-flushes, the bad men.The Lone Star Ranger
He was a keen boy with a hair-trigger balance, and in a gunplay he would be apt to beat the best of them all.
- mainly US the use of firearms, as by criminals
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Word Origin and History for gunplay
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