a gunfight that must end in defeat for one side or the other, as between gunfighters in the Old West, criminal groups, or law-enforcement officers and criminals.
Slang. any military conflict or skirmish.
Slang. a high-scoring or intensely played game or tournament, as of basketball or ice hockey.
Soccer. a method of breaking a tie score at the end of overtime in which five players from each team alternate shooting at the opponent's goal, starting from a spot 35 yards (39 meters) from the goal line, in an attempt to kick the ball past the rival goalkeeper in under five seconds.
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How to use shootout in a sentence
Control Room Sook Shoot Out -- some editorial changes and some VFX muzzle flashes.Sony Emails Show How the Studio Plans to Censor Kim Jong Un Assassination Comedy ‘The Interview’ | William Boot | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It looks like the shoot-out at the OK Corral in a leafy Eindhoven suburb—but nobody seems to be a very good shot.
That is an astonishing spell of impregnability, one that looked set to last through to a penalty shoot-out tonight.
And the least HBO could do is let us see his eyeballs shoot out of his head or something to mark the occasion.Life After TV Death: How Shows Like ‘Game of Thrones’ Kill Your Favorite Characters | Phillip Maciak | April 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It ended, magnificently, in a shoot-out between the women in a fairground hall of mirrors.
I was right, so it seems, about getting ashore before the enemy could see to shoot out to sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
And it carries torpedoes—iron cases filled with dynamite—which it can shoot out against the great warships.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
No sooner was the ferry-boat seen to shoot out from the land than Boone motioned the whites to enter the inclosure.Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones
From this line of ramifications (others) shoot out to left and right, much shorter and irregularly distributed.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
As soon as anything presses against the cells they shoot out their threads.On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith
British Dictionary definitions for shoot out
to fight to the finish by shooting (esp in the phrase shoot it out)
a conclusive gunfight
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