sharp·​shoot·​er | \ ˈshärp-ˌshü-tər How to pronounce sharpshooter (audio) \

Definition of sharpshooter

1 : a proficient marksman
2 : a consistently accurate shooter (as in basketball)

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the police stationed sharpshooters on rooftops all along the route of the presidential motorcade
Recent Examples on the Web Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington, killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter., "This day in history," 20 June 2020 The Dallas Empire, while subject to a couple Wuskin highlights, limited the Royal Raven’s sharpshooter in a 3-2 win on Friday. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire limit London sharpshooter ‘Wuskin’ in search and destroy," 19 June 2020 The sharpshooter is the younger brother of Michigan State player Foster Loyer. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who are the 2022 men's basketball recruits Marquette has contacted?," 15 June 2020 Initially overlooked once again, an injury to Miami Heat rookie sharpshooter Tyler Herro earned Sexton a spot as an injury replacement. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "What’s next for Collin Sexton? He has a lofty goal: ‘I want to push towards that All-Star Game’," 12 June 2020 The sharpshooter was in a groove, making a career-high 44.5% of 3s before a big toe injury kept him out for the last three games. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers were figuring things out before stoppage. Now healed up, they're ready for restart.," 5 June 2020 The Golden Eagles lost both of the Hauser brothers in March, robbing Markus Howard of two elite sharpshooters. Michael Shapiro,, "Five Offseason Sleeper Teams That Could Make Noise in 2019–20," 14 June 2019 The state has increased the number of permits and uses game department sharpshooters to cull deer in the off season. al, "This ‘zombie’ disease could kill Alabama’s $1.8 billion deer hunting industry," 21 Nov. 2019 Photo: jerome miron/Reuters The U.S. is, at its core, a team of sharpshooters. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Rock Star U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Makes World Cup," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sharpshooter

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sharpshooter was in 1794

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28 Jun 2020

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“Sharpshooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sharpshooter

: someone who is skilled at shooting a target with a gun

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