show·​down | \ ˈshō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce showdown (audio) \

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

Examples of showdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maryland voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees, setting the stage for a November showdown in one of the few largely Democratic states where the GOP holds the governor’s office. Scott Calvert, WSJ, 19 July 2022 The two could be set for another showdown in Eugene. oregonlive, 10 July 2022 Twitter picked a high-stakes fight with the government of India on Tuesday, setting the stage for a showdown that will test the company's commitment to free speech. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 6 July 2022 Eleven and Vecna prepare for a showdown in the final episodes of Stranger Things season 4. Ew Staff,, 1 July 2022 The prequel trilogy had tracked the dissolution of that relationship and prepared the way for a showdown between the pair in A New Hope, when Darth Vader defeats Obi-Wan in battle. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 14 June 2022 As his high school career winds down, Puffer, heading for Northern Arizona, won’t get the chance for a last showdown with Conard’s Gavin Sherry, whose season was ended by injury. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 A week later, San Jose State will visit the Plains on Sept. 10 for a 6:30 p.m. showdown. Tom Green |, al, 26 May 2022 Head coach Zac Taylor’s club will travel to Foxborough, Mass., for an AFC showdown with the New England Patriots. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of showdown

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of showdown was in 1870

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14 Aug 2022

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“Showdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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