Definition of shoot-out in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞o ˌdout/


1A decisive gun battle.
Example sentences
  • The movie is monotonous and dull, with lots of fiery explosions, perfunctory shoot-outs, and gory battles failing to generate any excitement.
  • A number of encounters and shoot-outs have been listed by media.
  • The battle, involving about 270 soldiers, resulted in a shoot-out lasting some 20 minutes.
1.1 (also penalty shoot-out) Soccer A tiebreaker decided by each side taking a specified number of penalty kicks.
Example sentences
  • If the match is still level, a penalty shoot-out will decide who faces Sweden or Holland in the semi-final.
  • Has a goalkeeper even been sent off for a second yellow card during a penalty shoot-out?
  • That's not necessarily so when footballers walk the plank in a penalty shoot-out.

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Syllabification: shoot-out

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