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showdown

[shoh-doun] /ˈʃoʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the laying down of one's cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
2.
a conclusive settlement of an issue, difference, etc., in which all resources, power, or the like, are used; decisive confrontation:
An international showdown was inevitable.
Origin of showdown
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; show + down1
Synonyms
2. crisis, climax, encounter, clash.
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  • She had been bluffing all along, and when it came to a showdown we found that she couldn't shoot for shucks.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • "They'd better have given the plan a showdown," interrupted Steve grimly.

    Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett
  • They's somethin' wrong here somewheres, kid—an' the time's come fer a showdown.

  • Hope if it ever comes to a showdown the secretary of the bureau of commerce will agree with me.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • One thing, Harry was sure right when he said that when it comes to a showdown a scout is a scoutI have to admit it.

    Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for showdown

showdown

/ˈʃəʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
(informal) an action that brings matters to a head or acts as a conclusion or point of decision
2.
(poker) the exposing of the cards in the players' hands on the table at the end of the game
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Word Origin and History for showdown
n.

also show-down, 1873 in card-playing (especially poker), from show (v.) + down (adv.). Figurative sense of "final confrontation" is from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for showdown

showboat

noun

(also showboater): even your most hardassed right wingers had some showboat in them/ Jesse is a showboater, privately (1953+)

verb

  1. To behave in a showy, flamboyant way; grandstand, hot dog: And, please, no showboating, fist-pounding, breast-beating, or blame-casting (1951+)
  2. pull rank (1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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