money shot


: the scene in a pornographic movie in which a male actor ejaculates
: a very important, impressive, or memorable picture or scene

Examples of money shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nolan frets over a nihilist bomb (then fails to deliver an explosive money shot) yet refrains from detailing government paranoia that might be relevant to today’s spiritual exhaustion. Armond White, National Review, 13 Mar. 2024 Thankfully, both costars are nimble, and Gordon catches it off camera before the four assemble on stage for their money shot., 29 Jan. 2024 For the Trinity Test — the film’s money shot — Jackson’s team created a full-scale model of the metal globe-like bomb. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2024 Most action thrillers would save that kind of daredevil money shot for the release, praying that nobody leaked the footage and diminished the awe factor. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 July 2023 St Edward’s Crown This will be the money shot: when the Archbishop of Canterbury places the 362-year-old St Edward’s Crown on King Charles’s head. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 6 May 2023 That led to Young's money shot. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2022 The money shot of Barnett with his boot atop the desk, his flag on a credenza next to him, is credited to Saul Loeb of Agence France-Presse. Paul Duggan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of money shot was in 1977

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“Money shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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