sharpshooting

noun
sharp·​shoot·​ing | \ ˈshärp-ˌshü-tiŋ How to pronounce sharpshooting (audio) \

Definition of sharpshooting

1 : shooting with great precision
2 : accurate and usually unexpected attack (as in words)

Examples of sharpshooting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her Swann, a sharpshooting psychiatrist, is not your average Bond girl. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Léa Seydoux and the Last Temptation of James Bond," 3 Mar. 2020 When asked why bow hunters would not be used in Highland Heights, Cook said sharpshooting is a quicker method that causes deer less suffering. cleveland, "Big turnout for Highland Heights deer meeting; culling plan could be approved at Feb. 11 meeting," 6 Feb. 2020 The school also offers specialized training for mountain sharpshooting and medical evacuations -- skills which recent graduates said had proven valuable on subsequent tours in Afghanistan. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, "Inside Army Mountain Warfare School as Pentagon moves to expand elite training," 25 Feb. 2020 Eventually, Ben McLemore added his sharpshooting, scoring 16 points in 14 minutes, making 3 of 5 3-pointers, in the first half. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets fend off scrappy Pelicans to secure victory," 2 Feb. 2020 Particularly in the second half, Indiana struggled to run Joe off the line, his sharpshooting pulling back an 11-point deficit almost by itself at one point. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU blows 11-point lead as offense disappears at the end of 71-64 loss to Arkansas," 30 Dec. 2019 Clearly some credit for Jenik’s success comes from playing on a line with Kaliyev, a sharpshooting winger who was a second-round pick last year but was projected as high as the top 10. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik turning heads with scoring prowess," 24 Nov. 2019 DeMuth said a key to Shaker’s program is that Mariano, a certified sharpshooting instructor and 30-year SHPD police officer who retired last year, handled the culling program. cleveland, "Highland Heights Council learns about how Shaker Heights culls deer," 9 Oct. 2019 Set in Yorktown, Homer’s illustration depicts Confederate soldiers prowling the front line at night, for both sharpshooting and spying. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Winslow Homer at Harvard — Taking On Fake News," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sharpshooting

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sharpshooting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharpshooting. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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