: a movie, television show, or computer game with much shooting and bloodshed

Examples of shoot-'em-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ride, riders wield virtual fireballs within a blazingly fun, interactive shooting gallery, while the Lost Kingdom Adventure offers a shoot-'em-up target game with mummies and skeletons that react to your every move. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoot-'em-up was in 1947

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“Shoot-'em-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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