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

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Some new looks paid immediate dividends for both the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, and the NFC North rivals look to gain early sole possession of first place in the division in a Week 2 showdown at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Si Wire,, "Vikings vs. Packers Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 15 Sep. 2019 One play into Saturday’s showdown at Folsom Field, and the junior had already thrown one against Colorado. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Air Force takes CU Buffs by surprise with deadly passing game: “Nobody in this nation can stop us.”," 14 Sep. 2019 Coming into the season on an 18-game losing streak, the Norsemen are 2-0 heading into Friday’s showdown at Hilltop (3-0). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valhalla senior finds focus at running back," 11 Sep. 2019 During the inevitable showdown at Ivan the Furniture Czar, the Tick becomes trapped in the World's Most Comfortable Chair and must summon all his willpower to break free. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019 The stage is set for quite an early-season showdown at an NFL stadium. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Bay Area high school football: Games to watch this weekend," 5 Sep. 2019 Eventually, Eleven defeated Season 1's monster in a dramatic showdown at Hawkins Middle School. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things 3 Features the Show's Worst Monster Yet," 4 July 2019 The sheer star power of the showdown Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern amps up the pressure on candidates to stand out, pile on, fend off attacks or just survive. Laurie Kellman,, "What to watch for on debate night 2: Biden, Bernie and other stars take the stage," 27 June 2019 The win sets up the most anticipated matchup of this World Cup: a quarterfinal showdown with France on Friday at what’s sure to be a raucous Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Edges Spain to Advance to the World Cup Quarterfinals," 24 June 2019

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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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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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