showdown

noun
show·​down | \ˈshō-ˌdau̇n \

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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That's right: This isn’t the first time Her Majesty had a showdown with this exact miniature horse. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth’s Nemesis Is This Tiny Pony," 6 Aug. 2018 Off the field, its federation has made a complete mess of a highly-sensitive issue, one that now threatens to create a distraction in the lead-up to Wednesday's crucial showdown with England. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatian soccer finds itself involved in another two-faced controversy," 9 July 2018 Nacer Chadli scored a stunning injury-time winnner as Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 and advance to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil here Monday. Ryland James, chicagotribune.com, "Chadli fires Belgium into World Cup's last eight," 2 July 2018 In recent weeks, prominent Chinese academics have begun to question whether the leadership underestimated the depth of anti-China sentiment in Washington and risked a premature showdown with the world’s sole superpower. Time, "Xi Jinping Warns U.S. That China Won't Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory," 28 June 2018 In recent weeks, prominent Chinese academics have begun to question whether the leadership underestimated the depth of anti-China sentiment in Washington and risked a premature showdown with the world’s sole superpower. Bloomberg.com, "Xi Warns Mattis China Won’t Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory," 28 June 2018 The day features friendly showdowns with two chefs fighting for sandwich supremacy. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to make the trek to Taste of Chicago worth it for suburbanites," 26 June 2018 Not quite, said Cardinals rookie reliever Jordan Hicks, who smiled this week at the recollection of that showdown with Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "A closer look at Phillies reliever Tommy Hunter's season so far | Extra Innings," 20 June 2018 The good news is the team faces one of the easiest schedules in the conference, with an in-state showdown with rival UCF the biggest stumbling block ahead. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "USF moves on without Quinton Flowers, Bulls are No. 72 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of showdown

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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showdown

noun

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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