showdown [shoh-doun] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for showdown on noun

  1. the laying down of one’s cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
  2. 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 An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; show + down1 Synonyms for showdown See more synonyms for on 2. crisis, climax, encounter, clash. Related Words for showdown crisis, clash, culmination, climax Examples from the Web for showdown Contemporary Examples of showdown

  • Regardless of how the showdown ends, it does serve a very clear signal of what the political climate will be in the next Congress.

    Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill

    Ben Jacobs

    December 11, 2014

  • Did you watch the showdown between The Mountain and the Red Viper?

    Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene

    Marlow Stern

    June 17, 2014

  • And that showdown between Vee and Gloria was one of the most mesmerizing sequences ever on OITNB.

    ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6

    Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern

    June 12, 2014

  • In some ways, however, the Ukraine showdown has placed pressure the White House to hold off on further angering the Russians.

    Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

    Eli Lake

    April 18, 2014

  • So this is showdown week in Congress for extension of unemployment benefits.

    The Fight Over Unemployment Benefits Underscores the Right’s Extremism

    Michael Tomasky

    January 13, 2014

  • Historical Examples of showdown

  • “They’d better have given the plan a showdown,” interrupted Steve grimly.

    Steve and the Steam Engine

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • If it comes to a showdown, we’re goin’ to tell what we know.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Say, Tex, honest Injun, would you ‘a’ fired off that dynamite if it had come to a showdown?

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Hope if it ever comes to a showdown the secretary of the bureau of commerce will agree with me.

    Blow The Man Down

    Holman Day

  • He shucked his windbreaker because it would be more encumbrance than help in the showdown.

    A Matter of Proportion

    Anne Walker

  • British Dictionary definitions for showdown showdown noun

    1. informal an action that brings matters to a head or acts as a conclusion or point of decision
    2. poker the exposing of the cards in the players’ hands on the table at the end of the game

    Word Origin and History for showdown n.

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

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