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sharpshooter

[shahrp-shoo-ter] /ˈʃɑrpˌʃu tər/
noun
1.
a person skilled in shooting, especially with a rifle.
2.
Military.
  1. a rating below expert and above marksman, assigned to one who has qualified with a specific score in rifle marksmanship.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
3.
an athlete noted for having accurate aim in a sport, as basketball, hockey, archery, golf, etc.
4.
Slang. a person who engages in short-term business dealings with the purpose of making a large, quick profit without regard to scruple.
5.
a spade that has a very narrow blade, used as a garden or nursery tool.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; sharp (i.e., sharp-eyed) + shooter; compare German Scharfschütz(e) expert marksman
Related forms
sharpshooting, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sharp shooting

sharpshooter

/ˈʃɑːpˌʃuːtə/
noun
1.
an expert marksman, esp with a rifle
Derived Forms
sharpshooting, noun
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Word Origin and History for sharp shooting

sharpshooter

n.

also sharp-shooter, 1802; see sharp (adj.) + shoot (v.). A translation of German Scharfschütze, from scharf (adj.) "sharp" + schütze "shooter," from schießen "to shoot." Related: Sharpshooting.

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