Definition of showdown in English:



  • 1A final test or confrontation intended to settle a dispute.

    ‘he and his government were lurching towards an angry showdown with their critics’
    • ‘Parents are gearing up for a showdown with education chiefs tonight over the future of a well-loved primary school.’
    • ‘It will be down to the likes of Neil Jenkins and Rob Howley to inject new life into the side ahead of their opening showdown with England.’
    • ‘Skipton's market traders could be heading for a showdown with the council over plans to hold a farmers' market once a month.’
    • ‘The family had to take part in four games and a final showdown with the Herdman family from Powys.’
    • ‘Even the final showdown with the Green Goblin is premised as an ethical problem.’
    • ‘Both largely take place mostly in the spooky woods, and feature a shrill showdown with an evil witch.’
    • ‘He makes friends with the staff and even becomes a bit of a legend after a dramatic showdown with Dixon.’
    • ‘He believes that the RFU's attitude has made a showdown with Premier Rugby inevitable.’
    • ‘A showdown with their domestic rivals will sustain them a bit longer.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, the showdown with Asafa Powell and the Yankee Boyz shall take place.’
    • ‘Don't be surprised to hear the crowd cheering the American Michael Phelps when it comes to his showdown with the Thorpedo in the pool.’
    • ‘A director of the struggling rail operator Arriva is set for a showdown with fed-up train users next week.’
    • ‘David Beckham is already dreaming of a World Cup final showdown with his Old Trafford pal Juan Sebastian Veron.’
    • ‘They are also gearing themselves up for a showdown with the board of directors as soon as the affair becomes public.’
    • ‘A York boy who risked other people's lives in a rooftop showdown with police was today starting a four-month sentence.’
    • ‘The final match of the regular season will be an Odsal showdown with bitter rivals St Helens on September 19.’
    • ‘He faces a showdown with his bitter rival Jeffrey Donaldson, who is calling on him to resign.’
    • ‘They're now prepping for a showdown with some Representatives and the White House.’
    • ‘England now face a quarter-final showdown with host nation Portugal.’
    • ‘The league is over and all thoughts must now turn to May 22 and a showdown with old rivals, Cork.’
    confrontation, deciding event, clash, face-off, moment of truth, crisis
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  • 2(in poker or brag) the requirement at the end of a round that the players who remain in should show their cards to determine which is the strongest hand.

    • ‘Maybe you actually have the best hand and would win in a showdown right now.’
    • ‘In a showdown, the winner will take the pot consisting of the small antes and the bets.’
    • ‘There is no concept of equalising the bets, and a showdown is not possible with more than two players.’
    • ‘In standard poker, if there are two highest equal hands in a showdown, the pot is split between them.’
    • ‘As usual in a showdown, the opponent's cards are exposed first and then you show your cards if they are better.’