money shot

noun

Definition of money shot 

1 : the scene in a pornographic movie in which a male actor ejaculates

2 : a very important, impressive, or memorable picture or scene

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This is when storm lovers such as Mottice hit the road, spending arduous hours taking long-exposure photos hoping for the money shot. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "This photo of a thunderstorm and the Milky Way will leave you star-struck," 29 June 2018 The Hilton promises two horses and a jockey available for photos from 3 to 6 p.m. on Derby day; free appetizers and, here's the money shot, Millie at the Hilton dressed in costume. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to navigate the weekend of everything: Maifest, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby," 3 May 2018 And there’s the money shot again: The Millennium Falcon up against a giant imperial star destroyer coming out of a space cloud. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney releases new trailer for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'," 9 Apr. 2018 The money shot, the prime quote, comes after McCain discusses the mistakes made in getting into the war and the lack of a strategy for victory. Ej Montini, USA TODAY, "John McCain mocks Donald Trump’s deferment ‘bone spurs’ (without naming him)," 22 Oct. 2017 Candy’s initiation into the world of porn, for example, is a money shot that involves cold Campbell’s potato soup and a Macgyvered pumping device. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Deuce Is Magnificent Television," 8 Sep. 2017

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1977, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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