the laying down of one's cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
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.

1880–85, Americanism; show + down1

2. crisis, climax, encounter, clash. Unabridged
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showdown (ˈʃəʊˌdaʊn)
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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