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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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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Hopkins was a Vietnam veteran who was awarded a marksman badge with pistol bar and a sharpshooter with rifle bar decorations during 11 years of service in the U.S. Army. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect," 16 Oct. 2018 Explosive-sniffing dogs, sharpshooters, security perimeters, license-plate camera scanners, and checkpoints are in full-force. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "How We'll Stop Chemical Attacks," 28 Apr. 2019 His scoring talents will add to the strong returning perimeter players: do-everything guard Kamar Baldwin, defensive stopper and heady passer Aaron Thompson, and sharpshooters Paul Jorgensen and Sean McDermott. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big East men's basketball off-season stock watch: Marquette up, Villanova down," 8 June 2018 Even highly trained sharpshooters will miss their targets in high-stress active shooter situations. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Raise age to buy an AR-15? Arm teachers? Here's where Kansas governor candidates stand | The Kansas City Star," 28 Feb. 2018 The former judge, a member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s party, ran on promises to crack down on crime, including by using sharpshooters to takeout suspects carrying automatic weapons. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 Like guerrillas, the Clan relies on hit-and-run attacks, using sharpshooters to pick off policemen. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Where Colombian Rebels Once Ruled, Drug Gangs Now Fight for Control," 16 July 2018 The SuperSonics gave up 151 points in the Game 1 loss but bounced back to win the next three behind future Milwaukee Bucks sharpshooter Dale Ellis (29.5 points per game). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks playoffs: 10 times the seventh or eighth seed won an opening-round playoff series," 13 Apr. 2018 But a trade for Montenegrin sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic two days later energized the roster and effectively salvaged the season. Jeff Duncan,, "Sweep City: Pelicans put exclamation point on statement series," 21 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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