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gunplay

[guhn-pley]
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noun
  1. the exchange of gunshots, usually with intent to wound or kill.
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Origin of gunplay

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; gun1 + play
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  • You're up against something now that gunplay doesn't figure in.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

  • The crowd blinked; but when it opened its eyes the gunplay had not occurred.

  • He had watched the Hawk's gunplay with an awe-stricken face; its speed never failed to amaze him.

    The Passing of Ku Sui

    Anthony Gilmore

  • He explains that gunplay gravitates to men who are the real thing—that it is provoked by the four-flushes, the bad men.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for gunplay

gunplay

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

n.

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

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