- the laying down of one's cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
- a conclusive settlement of an issue, difference, etc., in which all resources, power, or the like, are used; decisive confrontation: An international showdown was inevitable.
Origin of showdown
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2. crisis, climax, encounter, clash.
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Examples from the Web for showdown
Regardless of how the showdown ends, it does serve a very clear signal of what the political climate will be in the next Congress.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
Did you watch the showdown between The Mountain and the Red Viper?Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene
June 17, 2014
And that showdown between Vee and Gloria was one of the most mesmerizing sequences ever on OITNB.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 12, 2014
In some ways, however, the Ukraine showdown has placed pressure the White House to hold off on further angering the Russians.Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies
April 18, 2014
So this is showdown week in Congress for extension of unemployment benefits.The Fight Over Unemployment Benefits Underscores the Right’s Extremism
January 13, 2014
"They'd better have given the plan a showdown," interrupted Steve grimly.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
If it comes to a showdown, we're goin' to tell what we know.
Say, Tex, honest Injun, would you 'a' fired off that dynamite if it had come to a showdown?
Hope if it ever comes to a showdown the secretary of the bureau of commerce will agree with me.Blow The Man Down
He shucked his windbreaker because it would be more encumbrance than help in the showdown.A Matter of Proportion
- informal an action that brings matters to a head or acts as a conclusion or point of decision
- poker the exposing of the cards in the players' hands on the table at the end of the game
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Word Origin and History for showdown
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