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shoot out

verb (transitive, adverb)
to fight to the finish by shooting (esp in the phrase shoot it out)
a conclusive gunfight
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Word Origin and History for shoot-out

1953; expression shoot it out is from 1912; see shoot (v.) + out (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shoot-out


  1. (also shoot-up) A gunfight: the justly famous shoot-out between the Earps and the Clantons in the O-K Corral/ The shoot-up may have been a skirmish between Mafia factions (1950s+)
  2. Any fight or violent confrontation; a hotly contested game or issue: the simple corporate shoot-out reported by the newspapers/ another sociological shoot-out, with men as the heroes this time (1970s+)
  3. A form of tiebreaker used in the North American Soccer League, in which five players from each team have five seconds each to attempt goals one-on-one against the goalkeeper (1978+ Soccer)
  4. An invitational basketball tournament (1990s+ Basketball)

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