sharp·​shoot·​er | \ˈshärp-ˌshü-tər \

Definition of sharpshooter 

1 : a proficient marksman

2 : a consistently accurate shooter (as in basketball)

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Synonyms for sharpshooter


marksman, shooter, shot

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Examples of sharpshooter in a Sentence

the police stationed sharpshooters on rooftops all along the route of the presidential motorcade

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Look for opponents to try to run sharpshooters Redick and Belinelli off the three-point line. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Joel Embiid can't wait to tackle playoff intensity," 13 Apr. 2018 The Rockets, renowned sharpshooters who won a league-best 65 games this season, ended this night shooting 7 of 44 from behind the 3-point line. Michael Powell, New York Times, "You Knew the Warriors Were Coming Back. The Rockets Did, Too.," 29 May 2018 The last time the two teams met, the Bulls took down the Pacers 119-107 behind a pair of tall, European sharpshooters. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Why the slumping Pacers need to get back on a roll," 5 Jan. 2018 The sharpshooter finished his collegiate career with one of the best offensive seasons in MU history, setting school records for points (716) and three-pointers (122) in a season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-MU star Andrew Rowsey will chase NBA dream on Toronto Raptors' summer league team," 22 June 2018 Hintz entered the high school game with the reputation of being a sharpshooter. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin Eisenhower's Julia Hintz commits to play basketball at UW-Milwaukee," 3 May 2018 But for now, the two spots in Monday’s national championship game shall be inherited by the juggernauts with the giant bounding German and the merciless long-range sharpshooters who never miss. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Madness ends, and inevitability prevails," 31 Mar. 2018 So is Pierce’s disease, which causes entire vineyards to wither and die and is transmitted by small winged insects called sharpshooters. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Israeli sharpshooters take position at the Gaza border on March 30. Rory Jones And Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Deadly Gaza Protest Spurs Debate in Israel Over Army’s Actions," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sharpshooter

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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