showdown

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noun show·down \ˈshō-ˌdau̇n\

Definition of showdown

  1. 1 :  the placing of poker hands faceup on the table to determine the winner of a pot

  2. 2 :  a decisive confrontation or contest

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1884

First Known Use of showdown

1884


SHOWDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

showdown

play
noun

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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