Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An event, especially a confrontation, that forces an issue to a conclusion.
  • noun Games The laying down of the players' cards face up to determine the winner of the pot in poker.

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  • noun The final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor
  • noun The final round in a poker match, where the all remaining players' cards have to be put down on the table and shown

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  • noun a hostile disagreement face-to-face

Etymologies

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From show + down.

Examples

  • Chelsea's loss to Liverpool this month means the game can no longer be seen as the title showdown Carlo Ancelotti had been hoping, but with Arsenal in such close pursuit United can ill afford to drop points anywhere.

    Faith in Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes is correct but cannot be enduring | Paul Wilson

  • What will help is that United's next two opponents both have to win although, following the confused display at the Emirates last Sunday, Ferguson will also demand a response ahead of the title showdown as he guards against the danger that this evening's contest will be regarded as a procession - especially against a side who scored five goals against Inter Milan in the San Siro in the quarter-finals.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Wenger was asked whether it made things more special to effectively be in a title showdown with Ferguson's United.

    The Guardian World News

  • Ivanovic and Carvalho will miss the title showdown with Manchester United over Easter and they will remain doubts for the FA Cup final, should Chelsea beat Aston Villa in the semi-final a week later.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Reid is practising ahead of his title showdown against champion Tom "Kong" Watson in May.

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  • Birkirkara started the title showdown in great fashion, completely overcoming Flyers Depiro II who looked quite unsettled during the first set.

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  • Reid is practising ahead of his title showdown against champion Tom "Kong" Watson in May.

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  • The Spartans and the Tar Heels meet for the title showdown in a rematch from earlier in the season.

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  • The Spartans and the Tar Heels meet for the title showdown in a rematch from earlier in the season.

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  • The Spartans and the Tar Heels meet for the title showdown in a rematch from earlier in the season.

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