: a battle fought with handguns or rifles
: something resembling a shoot-out
broadly : showdown
: 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

Examples of shoot-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what struck me was the talking black cat and the killer clown having a shoot-out with the KGB, bullets flying everywhere, and, impossibly, no one getting hit. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 The murderous shoot-out at Club Polina that grievously injured yakuza boss Hitoshi Ishida (Shun Sagata) and killed suave customer Masahiro Ohno (Takayuki Suzuki) still has unanswered questions. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 Mar. 2024 But this is really about the rush of watching Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt making goo-goo eyes at each other in between the occasional explosions, high-pursuit car chases, shoot-outs and industry in-jokes. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2024 After dispatching a penalty in regular time, Troost-Ekong made no mistake during the subsequent shoot-out to help send his side into the final in Abidjan. Callum Sutherland, CNN, 4 Mar. 2024 The script called for Baldwin’s character, an outlaw named Harland Rust, to prepare for a shoot-out in the chapel. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Boasting all the one-liners, shoot-outs, and stunts one would expect from the genre — all grounded in the seedy world of the '70s L.A. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2024 David Wilkins San Jose Israeli destruction of Gaza not about security After terrorists attacked the Boston Marathon, one of the suspects was fatally injured during a shoot-out with police. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 But after a controversial shoot-out, Givens is sent home to Harlan County. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 28 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoot-out was in 1948

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“Shoot-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoot-out. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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: a battle fought with handguns or rifles
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