Definition of marksman in English:

marksman

noun

  • A person skilled in shooting, especially with a pistol or rifle.

    ‘a police marksman’
    • ‘Police marksmen are on standby to shoot the exotic animal, which has eluded capture for more than a month.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scottish police marksmen have been issued with a revolutionary type of plastic bullet that could make conventional firearms almost redundant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A police car containing marksmen was used to try and herd the heifer towards the river, but it continued its rampage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The decision was then taken to deploy police marksmen to the scene to shoot the renegade.’
    • ‘Last night, the area remained cordoned off and police marksmen still had their rifles trained on the flat.’
    • ‘Police marksmen are having to make more and more split second decisions on whether to shoot an apparently armed person to protect the public.’
    • ‘When they were on the pavement, a police marksman immediately jumped out from behind the bus.’
    • ‘Both are expert marksmen, sharpshooters, snipers of great skill and reputation.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘After all, one doesn't become a high-class marksman from mechanical shooting ranges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He smiled briefly, but said nothing as he was led into the bullet-proof prison van with police marksmen watching.’
    • ‘At midnight she heard one of four shots fired as a police marksman killed the rampaging stag.’
    • ‘Police and soldiers lined the route, and marksmen on rooftops watched over the parade and procession.’
    sniper, sharpshooter, good shot
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Pronunciation

marksman

/ˈmärksmən//ˈmɑrksmən/