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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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 The shot from the corner for the last of her 27 points on the night, reminded some of another sharpshooter who wears No. Scooby Axson,, "Ice, Twice: Arike Ogunbowale Leads Irish To Title," 3 Apr. 2018 As such, the Spurs have used the roster-building tools available to them to re-sign Rudy Gay and sign sharpshooter Marco Belinelli for a second go-round in silver and black. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: How the Spurs’ and NBA free agency is shaping up," 7 July 2018 Miami guard Lonnie Walker is a possibility, as is Villanova sharpshooter Donte DiVincenzo, who would address the Suns’ desperate need for 3-point shooters. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns set to pick Deandre Ayton at No. 1 in NBA draft, but there's more drama at No. 16," 20 June 2018 Planned by the victims’ mothers, the peaceful march descended into chaos when professional sharpshooters with modern, long-range weapons opened fire with deadly accuracy on innocent marchers. Margarita Herdocia, Time, "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela," 13 June 2018 Smith’s father and grandfather served in the military, and Overton served as a sharpshooter in Pearl Harbor and Okinawa. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "On the cusp of 112, a whirlwind tour for World War II’s oldest veteran," 8 Apr. 2018 Doing that in January, with a 36-year-old sharpshooter, is awfully risky. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers aren't built to sustain Kevin Love injury: Chris Fedor," 31 Jan. 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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