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show-down

n.

1904, from poker players' slang term for the act of laying down the hands face-up (1892); see show (v.) + down (adv).

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Historical Examples

  • But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • It was a show-down and, bulldog fighter though he was, Jasper Swope weakened.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • I think we'll be able to count on him later, when it comes to the show-down.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • He knows that matters must soon come to a show-down with the bunch.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Look here, Tom, we might as well have a show-down right now.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour