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[shoot-uh m-uhp]
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noun Informal.
  1. a motion-picture or television program that emphasizes gunplay, action, and often violence.
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Origin of shoot-'em-up

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for shoot-'em-up



noun informal
  1. a type of computer game, the object of which is to shoot as many enemies, targets, etc, as possible
  2. a fast-moving film involving many gunfights, battles, etc
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