money shot


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

Examples of money shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The big-shouldered Russian pivot plucked the puck from McAvoy, then tossed it by Kuraly, and in came Rust for the money shot. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Lead story: Bruins waste another three-goal advantage, fall to Penguins," 19 Jan. 2020 Making the failure of Justice League all the more damning was its role as the would-be apotheosis of DC's cinematic universe, the triumphant pinnacle in which beloved heroes would unite for an all-timer money shot. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What Does the Future Hold for the DC Film Universe?," 26 Nov. 2019 The athletic director of the University of Kansas apologized on Saturday for a performance by the rapper Snoop Dogg that included explicit language, poll dancing and fake money shot in the air. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "University of Kansas Apologizes for Explicit Snoop Dogg Performance at Basketball Season Kickoff Event," 5 Oct. 2019 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,, "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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First Known Use of money shot

1977, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Money shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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