Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for show-down
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
  • He knows that matters must soon come to a show-down with the bunch.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • I think we'll be able to count on him later, when it comes to the show-down.

    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
  • Would you get buck-ague in a pinch and quit me if it came to a show-down?

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Just pick the lady up, carry her out of that room, and have a show-down.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • He's a coward when it comes to a show-down, but money and place and power are his gods.

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
  • We all knew that it was a show-down, that it was a settlement, and that it had to go through.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • If I was dealing with a man I'd have come to a show-down long before this.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton

Word of the Day

Nearby words for show-down

Word Value for show

Scrabble Words With Friends