Definition of shoot-'em-up in English:

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shoot-'em-up

Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞odəməp/

noun

informal
1A fast-moving story or movie, of which gunfire is a dominant feature.
Example sentences
  • And while the film may not have the excitement of your average shoot-'em-up action epic, this makes the most of its few action sequences, and makes them count.
  • Still, as in all good westerns, there are villains in abundance, damsels in distress and whiskey bars galore to hold your interest, although the shoot-'em-up action is nothing we haven't seen before.
  • I didn't want it to be an exciting shoot-'em-up action scene.
1.1A simple computer game in which the sole objective is to kill as many enemies as possible to achieve a high score.
Example sentences
  • As computer games inch beyond shoot-'em-ups into the narrative territory of books and movies I wonder how far the medium can actually go.
  • The player can afford to saunter through the landscape, meandering at a more leisurely pace that would be possible in a competitive shoot-'em-up.
  • They deplore the way handguns are portrayed in popular television programs and have little time for computer shoot-'em-up games which, in their view, tend to glorify violence.

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Syllabification: shoot-'em-up

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