\ ˈshüt-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shoot-out (audio) \

Definition of shoot-out

1 : a battle fought with handguns or rifles
2 : something resembling a shoot-out broadly : showdown
3 : a shooting competition in overtime that is used to determine the winner of a game (as in soccer or hockey) tied at the end of regular play

First Known Use of shoot-out

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoot-out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoot-out

: a fight in which people shoot guns at each other until one side is killed or defeated
soccer or hockey : a competition that is used to decide the winner at the end of a tie game by giving each team a particular number of chances to shoot the ball or puck into the goal
: a competition between two people or groups that remains very close until the end

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