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 Louisville football's season-opening showdown at home against NC State has been moved up one day to avoid a conflict with Kentucky Derby festivities. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football's season opener vs. NC State moved up to avoid Kentucky Derby conflict," 22 June 2020 This could lead to a big showdown at next summer’s Olympics in Japan. Scott Ostler,, "Benching Aunt Jemima doesn’t fix everything, but it does improve Team USA," 21 June 2020 The unsettling question is where the battle lines in an emerging showdown would be drawn. John Walcott, Time, "A Chilly Summit in Hawaii Spotlights Escalating U.S.-China Tensions," 19 June 2020 There was also some offensive production sanitizing taking place in the Mustang Division showdown between the Diamondbacks and Giants. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Diamondbacks, Giants play to 1-1 stalemate in Mustang Division play," 17 June 2020 Courage, the two-time defending NWSL champs, take on fellow two-time title winners Portland in a showdown of the two most successful sides in league history on national television. Briar Napier, azcentral, "England's Premier League is back Wednesday as international soccer kicks it up a notch," 16 June 2020 The evening’s fight card will be headlined by a women’s flyweight showdown with title implications between No. 1 ranked Jessica Eye taking on Cynthia Calvillo. oregonlive, "How to watch UFC Fight Night 174 live on ESPN Plus (6/13/2020): Fight card, odds, TV channel, Cynthia Calvillo vs Jessica Eye preview," 13 June 2020 Kentucky's Senate race may not come down to McConnell vs. McGrath showdown. TheWeek, "Charles Booker wins big endorsements in Democratic race to challenge Mitch McConnell," 9 June 2020 The showdown eventually led to changes in the program, though congressional efforts to institute strong reforms were still years away. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr’s Invisible Crusade," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of showdown

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2020

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“Showdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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