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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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  • He was a keen boy with a hair-trigger balance, and in a gunplay he would be apt to beat the best of them all.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • You're up against something now that gunplay doesn't figure in.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • It is my wits and gunplay against theirs and against their cowardice and dirty tricks.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • The crowd blinked; but when it opened its eyes the gunplay had not occurred.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • He had watched the Hawk's gunplay with an awe-stricken face; its speed never failed to amaze him.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • He explains that gunplay gravitates to men who are the real thing—that it is provoked by the four-flushes, the bad men.

  • This was to be better than any gunplay, a gladiatorial combat to delight the hearts of frontiersmen.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • If she were with him, not even Lord Nick in his madness would force on a gunplay in the presence of a woman, no doubt.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
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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