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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Examples of sharpshooter in a Sentence

the police stationed sharpshooters on rooftops all along the route of the presidential motorcade
Recent Examples on the Web The club missed sharpshooter Danny Green, who missed the final four games of the Atlanta series with a calf strain., 26 June 2021 Heat sharpshooter Duncan Robinson, who had a quiet series against the Bucks last season, was a bright spot for the Heat. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2021 Heat sharpshooter Duncan Robinson, who had a quiet series against the Bucks last season, was a bright spot for the Heat. Ben Steele, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Boston traded for the sharpshooter to give it some scoring punch off the bench in the playoffs., 3 May 2021 Aleah Goodman is the school’s latest player to land in the WNBA draft, as the senior sharpshooter was picked 30th overall Thursday by the Connecticut Sun. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2021 Seeing Nicolo Melli described as a sharpshooter is a bit odd. Dallas News, 30 Mar. 2021 Police sirens scream and a sharpshooter gets into position just down the block from the modest ranch home in Yuba City north of Sacramento where Zoe Isabella Rosales is online in a medical careers class. Reuters, ABC News, 5 June 2021 The Mavericks acquired the veteran sharpshooter in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this year, but Redick hasn’t been able to find his footing with the team—no pun intended. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 20 May 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Sharpshooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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