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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In February, an increase in violence between the two nations led to fears around their flagship World Cup showdown at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Sunday June 16. Nick Friend, CNN, "'The biggest game in world sport': India-Pakistan rivalry offers a chance to show rare unity," 13 June 2019 Williams’ performance as Arya Stark also earned her a second nomination in the category for best fight for her epic showdown with the Night King and his White Walkers. Ale Russian,, "Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista and More Set to Present at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards," 10 June 2019 Michael Norman wins his showdown with Noah Lyles in Rome; the Nike Oregon Project’s Donavan Brazier edges Nijel Amos of Oregon Track Club Elite in a photo finish in the 800., "Ducks reach for trophy as men’s action concludes today at the NCAA Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 7 June 2019 Jennings believes a battle with Holzhauer would compare to his 2011 showdown with IBM's Watson computer, which ended in defeat. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ken Jennings is ready to face off against 'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer: It's 'inevitable'," 3 June 2019 Congress is punting its funding showdown for another two weeks — just in time for the Christmas holiday. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress approves measure to prevent a partial government shutdown for another 2 weeks," 6 Dec. 2018 O’Rourke’s remarks came at a campaign rally ahead of his November midterm showdown against Cruz, FOX 4 of Dallas reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cruz challenger O'Rourke calls for firing of Dallas cop after apartment shooting death," 15 Sep. 2018 Their showdown highlights a coast-to-coast midterm battle between Republicans who embrace Trump's economic and social agenda and the Democrats who passionately reject it. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Stacey Abrams Has to Beat Donald Trump's Guy to Become America's First Black Woman Governor," 25 July 2018 Two weeks of flare-ups over the attacks on oil tankers and the downing of a US surveillance drone, administration officials said, have overshadowed a larger, more complex and fast-intensifying showdown over containing Iran’s nuclear program. David E. Sanger,, "Facing intensifying confrontation with Iran, Trump has few appealing options," 22 June 2019

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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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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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