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sharpshooter

[shahrp-shoo-ter]
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noun
  1. a person skilled in shooting, especially with a rifle.
  2. Military.
    1. a rating below expert and above marksman, assigned to one who has qualified with a specific score in rifle marksmanship.
    2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
  3. an athlete noted for having accurate aim in a sport, as basketball, hockey, archery, golf, etc.
  4. Slang. a person who engages in short-term business dealings with the purpose of making a large, quick profit without regard to scruple.
  5. a spade that has a very narrow blade, used as a garden or nursery tool.

Origin of sharpshooter

1795–1805; sharp (i.e., sharp-eyed) + shooter; compare German Scharfschütz(e) expert marksman
Related formssharp·shoot·ing, noun
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  • "He's had your goat ever since the meeting opened," grinned the Sharpshooter.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • This by way of reminding the Sharpshooter of something which he preferred to forget.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • The Sharpshooter flashed his gold teeth at him in a cheerful smile.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • "No-o," said The Sharpshooter, his lips pursed and his brow wrinkled.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • He was killed by a bullet from the gun of a sharpshooter in Middletown.


British Dictionary definitions for sharpshooter

sharpshooter

noun
  1. an expert marksman, esp with a rifle
Derived Formssharpshooting, noun
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Word Origin and History for sharpshooter

n.

also sharp-shooter, 1802; see sharp (adj.) + shoot (v.). A translation of German Scharfschütze, from scharf (adj.) "sharp" + schütze "shooter," from schießen "to shoot." Related: Sharpshooting.

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