Definition of marksman in English:

marksman

noun

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

    ‘a police marksman’
    • ‘Last night, the area remained cordoned off and police marksmen still had their rifles trained on the flat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police marksmen are having to make more and more split second decisions on whether to shoot an apparently armed person to protect the public.’
    • ‘He smiled briefly, but said nothing as he was led into the bullet-proof prison van with police marksmen watching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The children were ordered inside as police marksmen arrived at the scene and shot the animal.’
    • ‘Both are expert marksmen, sharpshooters, snipers of great skill and reputation.’
    • ‘Teenagers carrying replica guns risk being shot at by police marksmen.’
    • ‘A police car containing marksmen was used to try and herd the heifer towards the river, but it continued its rampage.’
    • ‘After all, one doesn't become a high-class marksman from mechanical shooting ranges.’
    • ‘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 said the marksman grew concerned the situation would escalate and others could be hurt.’
    • ‘Scottish police marksmen have been issued with a revolutionary type of plastic bullet that could make conventional firearms almost redundant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police marksmen are on standby to shoot the exotic animal, which has eluded capture for more than a month.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they were on the pavement, a police marksman immediately jumped out from behind the bus.’
    sniper, sharpshooter, good shot
    bersagliere
    crack shot, dead shot
    deadeye, shootist
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Pronunciation:

marksman

/ˈmärksmən/