sharp-shooter

sharpshooter

[shahrp-shoo-ter]
noun
1.
a person skilled in shooting, especially with a rifle.
2.
Military.
a.
a rating below expert and above marksman, assigned to one who has qualified with a specific score in rifle marksmanship.
b.
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; sharp (i.e., sharp-eyed) + shooter; compare German Scharfschütz(e) expert marksman

sharpshooting, noun
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sharpshooter (ˈʃɑːpˌʃuːtə)
 
n
an expert marksman, esp with a rifle
 
'sharpshooting
 
n

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sharpshooter
1802, transl. of Ger. Scharfschütze.
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