the exchange of gunshots, usually with intent to wound or kill.
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How to use gunplay in a sentence
There was a large crowd of people in the area when the shots rang out, Lester said, but investigators don’t know if the gunplay kicked off at a club or another event.Sacramento Suspect Hopped on Facebook Hours After Deadly Mass Shooting | Justin Rohrlich, William Bredderman | April 4, 2022 | The Daily Beast
Quill’s guns will overheat if you continually depress the trigger, but by tapping the trigger at just the right moment, he can pull off a Gears-of-War-style active reload, which adds a rhythmic quality to the gunplay.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A game with big personality | Christopher Byrd | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Sarah Kunst | April 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the paying public seems to like simulated gunplay now as much as it did back in 1968.Hollywood, Shootings, and ‘2 Guns’: When Is Stylized Violence Obscene? | Michael Daly | July 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, yes, Black Friday provides the spectacle of gunplay, arrests, and casual violence.Black Friday Doesn’t Matter: Every Day Is Cyber Monday | Daniel Gross | November 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I distinctly remember one camping trip at age 12 that broke out into frightening gunplay.Former Virginia Tech Professor: The Rising Toll of America's Gun Culture | Roland Lazenby | December 9, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Gunman's Reckoning | Max Brand
If she were with him, not even Lord Nick in his madness would force on a gunplay in the presence of a woman, no doubt.Gunman's Reckoning | Max Brand
Russell foresaw a laugh at his expense and curbed himself, the sooner for his new-found consideration for Sandy's gunplay.
There were men among them who had fought with gunplay and who had killed but, as they were cheats, so they were cravens, at heart.
This was to be better than any gunplay, a gladiatorial combat to delight the hearts of frontiersmen.
British Dictionary definitions for gunplay
mainly US the use of firearms, as by criminals
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