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shoot-'em-up

[shoot-uh m-uhp] /ˈʃɒɒt əmˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
1.
a motion-picture or television program that emphasizes gunplay, action, and often violence.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Examples from the web for shoot-'em-up
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for shoot-'em-up

shoot-'em-up

noun (informal)
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
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Slang definitions & phrases for shoot-'em-up

shoot-'em-up

modifier

: an exaggerated reaction to the male-oriented ''shoot-'em-up games''

noun

A movie or TV program with much gunplay and violence: gambled for cigarettes, slurped Tang or watched shoot-'emups on TV (1953+)


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