Definition of marksman in English:



  • 1A person skilled in shooting.

    ‘a police marksman’
    • ‘He smiled briefly, but said nothing as he was led into the bullet-proof prison van with police marksmen watching.’
    • ‘Both are expert marksmen, sharpshooters, snipers of great skill and reputation.’
    • ‘They want to do the things that they believe police marksmen do and military snipers do, so the selection of the rifle and the selection of the round fits into that.’
    • ‘Police and soldiers lined the route, and marksmen on rooftops watched over the parade and procession.’
    • ‘At midnight she heard one of four shots fired as a police marksman killed the rampaging stag.’
    • ‘Last night, the area remained cordoned off and police marksmen still had their rifles trained on the flat.’
    • ‘A police car containing marksmen was used to try and herd the heifer towards the river, but it continued its rampage.’
    • ‘Police said the marksman grew concerned the situation would escalate and others could be hurt.’
    • ‘Teenagers carrying replica guns risk being shot at by police marksmen.’
    • ‘The children were ordered inside as police marksmen arrived at the scene and shot the animal.’
    • ‘The rules of engagement for police marksmen are deliberately simple and unambiguous.’
    • ‘Police marksmen are having to make more and more split second decisions on whether to shoot an apparently armed person to protect the public.’
    • ‘After all, one doesn't become a high-class marksman from mechanical shooting ranges.’
    • ‘Scottish police marksmen have been issued with a revolutionary type of plastic bullet that could make conventional firearms almost redundant.’
    • ‘The decision was then taken to deploy police marksmen to the scene to shoot the renegade.’
    • ‘Although no one was harmed in either incident, police chiefs warned that marksmen are authorised to open fire when they believe life is being ‘imminently threatened’.’
    • ‘Although they lack the capability to fire real ammunition, some look and feel so realistic that even skilled police marksmen are hard-pressed to tell the difference.’
    • ‘When they were on the pavement, a police marksman immediately jumped out from behind the bus.’
    • ‘They are determined to stop children getting hold of imitation and fake weapons because they can often end up in the gun sights of police marksmen.’
    • ‘Police marksmen are on standby to shoot the exotic animal, which has eluded capture for more than a month.’
    sniper, sharpshooter, good shot
    crack shot, dead shot
    deadeye, shootist
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    1. 1.1informal A footballer skilled in scoring goals.
      ‘he is one of the country's most prolific marksmen, scoring 34 goals in 46 matches’
      • ‘The six-goal marksman, who had scored three times in his previous two outings, was replaced by Darren, who was starting his first home game of the season.’
      • ‘He scored 34 times last year and is the Welsh Premier's record marksman.’
      • ‘His club colleague lined out at corner forward and emerged as the top marksman with a goal and four points.’
      • ‘Their two top marksmen from last term scored two goals each with the fifth coming from Fox.’
      • ‘He insists that the World Cup is far from his mind but this is undoubtedly the biggest year yet of the 30-year old marksman's football career.’
      • ‘How laughable those comments were as England's finest marksman now begins to show his true self.’
      • ‘The young marksman fired in his first senior goal on Saturday and reckons there is much more to come.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly Toby has been singing the praises of their ace marksman.’
      • ‘The main problem was identified as goal scoring and he was sent out to bring in two proven, top quality marksmen and that has transformed the whole scene.’
      • ‘Concerns over keeping all these marksmen happy hold little weight with directors and managers alike.’
      • ‘Indeed, Iain claims that his main marksman still suffers from a lack of confidence.’
      • ‘It took Limerick 17 minutes to score when their chief marksman pointed.’
      • ‘Until Robert found his touch the new man became the club's top marksman despite playing in midfield.’
      • ‘One of the top marksmen in Premiership history has scored goals at every club he has played for.’
      • ‘For the Swede still remains 15 goals shy of the total the supreme Rangers marksman racked up in matches between Scotland's footballing leviathans.’
      • ‘Locally born and bred Mike, a prolific marksman in the Reserves, was handed his golden opportunity when his team mate limped off after 41 minutes with a groin injury.’
      • ‘Doubts remain, however, over the participation of the 28-goal leading marksman.’
      • ‘The division two top marksman scored twice and missed a penalty in the 3-2 win at York.’
      • ‘He remains one of just 30 players to have appeared in every season of the Premiership, and his 79 goals put him in its top 20 marksmen.’
      • ‘He done it in Italy with Udinese and Parma, and topped the scorers charts so there is definitely a talented marksman within him.’