gunplay

[guhn-pley]
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noun

the exchange of gunshots, usually with intent to wound or kill.

Nearby words

  1. gunnery sergeant,
  2. gunning,
  3. gunny,
  4. gunnysack,
  5. gunpaper,
  6. gunpoint,
  7. gunport,
  8. gunpowder,
  9. gunpowder plot,
  10. gunpowder tea

Origin of gunplay

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; gun1 + play

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British Dictionary definitions for gunplay

gunplay

noun

mainly US the use of firearms, as by criminals
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Word Origin and History for gunplay

gunplay

n.

also gun-play, 1891, from gun (n.) + play (n.).

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