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 This is the back end of what was supposed to be a pair of neutral-site matchups kicking off with a showdown in Lambeau Field last season. Matt Murschel,, 12 June 2021 Liz is in a precarious spot after the last episode ends with a showdown with Red. Alamin Yohannes,, 4 June 2021 The clock ran out on the Legislative session with no final showdown on Chapter 313. Mike Morris, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 Inevitably, this is a movie that must end with a showdown. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 Diamondbacks to celebrate Bumgarner's 'no-hitter that wasn't' Phoenix Suns' tough stretch continues with showdown vs. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2021 That's the mark of team player and has Villanova two wins from another Final Four with a showdown with Baylor ahead. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 The platform kicked off in March with a showdown between Grammy-winning rapper-producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who created and launched the web series. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2020 The night kicked off with a showdown between defending TAPPS 6A state champion Plano John Paul II and Lancaster, a UIL 5A state tournament qualifier last season. Dallas News, 29 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Showdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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