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[shoh-doun] /ˈʃoʊˌdaʊn/
the laying down of one's cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
a conclusive settlement of an issue, difference, etc., in which all resources, power, or the like, are used; decisive confrontation:
An international showdown was inevitable.
Origin of showdown
1880-85, Americanism; show + down1
2. crisis, climax, encounter, clash. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for showdown
  • But someone forgot to tell these cubs, and a rare showdown ensues on the savanna.
  • It was a reminder that a small skirmish in these borderlands could spark a global showdown.
  • Thus, the best-case outcome is another budget showdown at the end of this year.
  • The high-stakes copyright showdown affects far more than sheet music.
  • So it's almost as if you are playing against a larger number of opponents, even if a small number stay in for the showdown.
  • It'll push everyone over the edge and really set the stage for a much much bigger showdown.
  • Consider what doesn't happen in the showdown with the partners.
  • One reason why the debt showdown isn't causing more alarm is that interest rates have been falling.
  • But having a big showdown over whether to cover costs already committed-to is insane.
  • The debt-ceiling showdown represents hostage-taking, plain and simple.
British Dictionary definitions for showdown


(informal) an action that brings matters to a head or acts as a conclusion or point of decision
(poker) the exposing of the cards in the players' hands on the table at the end of the game
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Word Origin and History for showdown

also show-down, 1873 in card-playing (especially poker), from show (v.) + down (adv.). Figurative sense of "final confrontation" is from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for showdown



(also showboater): even your most hardassed right wingers had some showboat in them/ Jesse is a showboater, privately (1953+)

  1. To behave in a showy, flamboyant way; grandstand, hot dog: And, please, no showboating, fist-pounding, breast-beating, or blame-casting (1951+)
  2. pull rank (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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