[ shoh-doun ]
/ ˈʃoʊˌdaʊn /


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

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; show + down1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for showdown

/ (ˈʃəʊˌdaʊn) /


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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