shootout

[ shoot-out ]
/ ˈʃutˌaʊt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. shooting script,
  2. shooting star,
  3. shooting stick,
  4. shooting war,
  5. shootist,
  6. shop,
  7. shop around,
  8. shop assistant,
  9. shop floor,
  10. shop right

Origin of shootout

1945–50; noun use of verb phrase shoot (it) out to settle a dispute with firearms

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