showdown

noun
show·down | \ˈshō-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of showdown 

1 : the placing of poker hands faceup on the table to determine the winner of a pot

2 : a decisive confrontation or contest

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Republican voters also chose strong candidates in Southern California for the showdown in November. Author: Carl Hulse, Jonathan Martin, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats strengthen House takeover prospects in primary voting," 7 June 2018 Britain and Russia have expelled 23 of each other's diplomats in a crisis that has escalated into a Cold War-style diplomatic showdown between Moscow and the West. Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "Russian former spy's daughter no longer in critical condition after poisoning," 29 Mar. 2018 On Thursday, European leaders will convene in Brussels for a showdown over migration. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Does the West actually face a migration crisis?," 28 June 2018 His comments have set the table for a potential nasty showdown between the cops and City Council. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Police union leader's foot-in-mouth comments slap grieving Ron Plush in face," 12 June 2018 Republican voters also chose strong candidates in Southern California for the showdown in November. Author: Carl Hulse, Jonathan Martin, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats strengthen House takeover prospects in primary voting," 7 June 2018 Republican voters also chose strong candidates in Southern California for the showdown in November. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Strengthen House Takeover Prospects in Primary Voting," 6 June 2018 Ordinarily, primary elections in June don’t settle partisan political conflicts but, rather, set the stage for showdowns in November’s general elections. San Francisco Chronicle, "June 5 primary could decide California governor’s race," 21 May 2018 Several states, including Washington, Oregon, and California, expecting the FCC’s termination of the act to move forward, are proposing—and passing—net neutrality laws of their own, setting them up for a showdown with the government. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Senate to Vote on Net Neutrality's Fate Today," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of showdown

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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showdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of showdown

: a meeting, argument, fight, etc., that will finally settle a disagreement between people or groups

: an important game or competition

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