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

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The season has been bubbling up for a final showdown between the coven of witches, which also includes Billie Lourd’s Mallory seemingly having the potential power to defeat Langdon and save the entire world. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 See their reactions Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal Every year, the Kentucky Derby brings the fastest thoroughbreds from around the world to Churchill Downs in Louisville for a high-stakes showdown to kick off the Triple Crown. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "How many fillies have won the Kentucky Derby?," 1 May 2018 Ford certainly appears to have more public support (and Kavanaugh less) than was the case in the Hill-Thomas showdown. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Could Change Sexual Assault Reporting—but How?," 28 Sep. 2018 In a hypothetical showdown, Flour would beat any national coffee chain, so make multiple stops your vacation ritual for an afternoon sticky-bun break, a late lunch, a cup of coffee. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 The bill marks the latest Sacramento showdown over how to change the state’s lending code, a hodgepodge of rules that limit fees and interest on some types of loans while leaving others unregulated. James Rufus Koren,, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire this July, paving the way for a possible confirmation showdown in Congress over President Donald Trump’s eventual pick to replace him. Alana Abramson, Time, "Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Is Retiring, Giving Trump Another Nominee," 27 June 2018 Not only will doing this dramatically improve the quality of the country’s courts, but also a showdown over judges will rally the base and elevate the stakes in November. Hugh Hewitt,, "Why not a Senate GOP crusade to confirm judges?," 10 Apr. 2018 Photo: andres martinez casares/Reuters The aid is at the center of a political showdown between Mr. Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela’s interim president. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Aid for Venezuelans Arrives, Setting Up Showdown With Regime," 16 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of showdown

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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