shoot-out

noun \ ˈshüt-ˌau̇t \

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 Defined for English Language Learners

shoot-out

Definition of shoot-out for English Language Learners

  • : 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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