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[guhn-pley] /ˈgʌnˌpleɪ/
the exchange of gunshots, usually with intent to wound or kill.
Origin of gunplay
1880-85, Americanism; gun1 + play Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • gunplay is intercut with closeups of bangled feet and floating lotus blooms, subtly indicating that it takes all sorts.
  • Tony still lives and so do the family, but there was some gunplay involved.
  • To sweeten the sermon there is also some light gunplay.
  • It includes coarse language, gunplay and some comic physical violence.
  • The intra-mural intrigue and gunplay are hardly less blistering than the peppery dialogue.
  • The wisecracks and the swaggering are as unrelieved as the film's almost comically ecstatic gunplay.
  • Earp and his brothers enforce the law as much by reputation as by gunplay.
  • The gunplay is so cartoonish that it never seems any more real than a bunch of children going rooty-toot-toot with their toy guns.
  • Oddly enough, a neighbor of his became alarmed at the sound of this gunplay and called the police.
  • The two-part film of this reenactment features cavalry charges, hand-to-hand combat, and a lot of gunplay.
British Dictionary definitions for gunplay


(mainly US) the use of firearms, as by criminals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gunplay

also gun-play, 1891, from gun (n.) + play (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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