1953; expression shoot it out is from 1912; see shoot (v.) + out (adv.).

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Contemporary Examples of shoot-out

  • It looks like the shoot-out at the OK Corral in a leafy Eindhoven suburb—but nobody seems to be a very good shot.

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  • It ended, magnificently, in a shoot-out between the women in a fairground hall of mirrors.

Historical Examples of shoot-out