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
Recent Examples of showdown from the Web
U.S. Senate budgetmakers are headed to a showdown with their counterparts in the House of Representatives over the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
If the three challenges leading up to the big ceremony are any indication, this beauty showdown is going to be very close.
Paleontologists Dave Hone and Oliver Rauhut highlighted that this would be a way the predators of the Mesozoic acted much the same way as modern mammalian carnivores. Showdowns between carnivorous and herbivorous giants were likely rare events.
In 2004, Comey and then-FBI director (and current special prosecutor for the Russia investigation) Robert Mueller staged a now-famous showdown with the White House.
Louisville City FC will be back in action next Saturday on the road against the Charleston Battery before a key showdown at home on July 15 with FC Cincinnati.
But the move could set up a showdown with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents 268,000 UPS workers and is preparing to negotiate a new contract.
After an opening win over Texas A&M, Louisville's baseball team is back in action Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. showdown against Florida (TV: ESPN).
All that success couldn’t have happened without Larry, without Magic, without those three epic showdowns between the Lakers and the Celtics.
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SHOWDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of showdown for English Language Learners
: a meeting, argument, fight, etc., that will finally settle a disagreement between people or groups
: an important game or competition
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