gun·​play | \ ˈgən-ˌplā How to pronounce gunplay (audio) \

Definition of gunplay

: the shooting of small arms with intent to scare or kill

Examples of gunplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gang disputes and the killing of homeless people are at the center of the surge in murders in Los Angeles this year, amid a national trend in gunplay, according to police figures. Fox News, "LA’s surge in homicides fueled by gang violence, killings of homeless people," 30 Oct. 2020 At times, the parties and sideshows — which aren’t exactly quiet — may include gunplay. Phil Matier,, "The Oakland hills are alive with the sound of gunfire in the night," 25 Oct. 2020 Louis first thought the gunplay — a brief volley, a few seconds of silence, then a sustained barrage — was the work of rival drug dealers. Bryan Denson, ProPublica, "New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect," 13 Oct. 2020 Also injured in the gunplay was a motorist driving through the area at the time of the shooting. Katelyn Umholtz | Staff Writer,, "Shootout in Gentilly preceded officer firing gun, wounding one suspect, New Orleans police say," 7 Oct. 2020 Shootings have skyrocketed in the last few months with a 50 percent increase over Labor Day weekend alone compared to last year while arrests for gunplay are down by about 13 percent. Fox News, "NYC CEOs plead with de Blasio to crack down on crime, quality of life issues," 10 Sep. 2020 Lots of dude honor code, leathery old-man machismo, fist fights, gunplay, explosions, betrayals and a few surprises ensues. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: World War II drama 'Summerland,' Katie Holmes' 'The Secret' movie," 31 July 2020 The gunplay started at about 10:40 p.m. on Bainbridge Street near Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, cops said. Joe Marino, Fox News, "Brooklyn shooting: 7 shot within 10 minutes in separate incidents," 9 June 2020 There’s also some gunplay that is both ridiculous and deadly serious, and there’s nothing funny about the violence of a bar fight, which, without its Hollywood choreography and props, is ugly, crude, and terrifying. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The 1978 Film That Inspired Robert Redford to Found Sundance," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of gunplay

1881, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Gunplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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