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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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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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 The 7-foot Finnish sharpshooter was drafted seventh last year largely because of a skilled faceup game, and his early NBA success sets a positive precedent for this year's crop of forwards. Jeremy Woo,, "Valuable and Versatile, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton Leads College Basketball's New Breed of Big Men," 7 Mar. 2018 The 3 is no less enticing to taller players who have watched 7-footers such as Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki carve out successful NBA careers as long-range sharpshooters. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Thirty years later, 3-point line remains game-changer," 5 Feb. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sharpshooter

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

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