noun Informal.
a motion-picture or television program that emphasizes gunplay, action, and often violence.

1945–50 Unabridged
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shoot-'em-up or shoot-em-up
1.  a type of computer game, the object of which is to shoot as many enemies, targets, etc, as possible
2.  a fast-moving film involving many gunfights, battles, etc
shoot-em-up or shoot-em-up

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Example sentences
That's a far cry from your average shoot-'em-up game, in which fast moves and fancy button-punching are key to your success.
The second will allow them to download songs and movies when they tire of shoot-'em-up games.
Not the shoot-'em-up kind, but facing the hardest thing head-on.
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