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shoot-out

1. A situation in which opposing people or groups of people shoot at each other with guns; a gunfight. Sometimes spelled as a single word. The shoot-out between government soldiers and rebel fighters lasted well into the night. The police descended on the bank robbers, leading to an hours-long shootout in which at least four lives were taken.
2. An intense, typically vitriolic argument or conflict, especially one intended as an attempt to settle or resolve some dispute. The hot button issue eventually led to a shootout on the floor of the senate. We're hoping for an amicable resolution, but we're prepared for a legal shoot-out if it comes to it.
3. In soccer (football), hockey, and some other sports, a method of determining the winner of a tied game in which multiple players take shots on a goal guarded only by a goalkeeper. If no one scores in the next minute, we're going to a shoot-out!

shoot-out

1. n. a gunfight. There was a big shoot-out at the end of the movie.
2. n. an argument. When the shoot-out was over, the boss—confident she had won—went back into her office. A big public shoot-out like that sours morale a lot.
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The Anfield boss admitted his team again committed far too many errors as they twice allowed Middlesbrough to come from behind and force a tense Capital One Cup shoot-out...
It is why managers try every psychological trick they can muster in penalty shoot-outs.
For example, most fans know that it's much better to take the opening kick in a shoot-out rather than go second - Lyttleton calculates that the odds are around 60:40 in favour of the team taking the first spot kick.
Panthers fought out back-to-back matches against Belfast last weekend, losing 5-3 in the first and winning a penalty shoot-out the following evening.
There's this jinx about us never beating the Germans in a shoot-out and then Chelsea went and blew that out the water," The Telegraph quoted Hart, as saying, who calmly converted his kick in the 2009 Euro Under-21s semi-final in Gothenburg.
"You never really get a chance to take part in shoot-outs - I loved it."
Given England's miserable record in shoot-outs, that might just suit Rio Ferdinand and the boys.
Shoot-outs are common between drug smugglers and police at the border, but smugglers rarely trade fire with police as they drop off the migrants.
INDIA: Crime in India's financial capital Mumbai, once notorious for gangland fighting, has fallen in the last 20 years despite a massive population rise.The number of complaints to police fell to 227 per 100,000 in 2007 from 373 per 100,000 people in 1984, the daily said, citing figures from a freedom of information request.Recorded offences fell to 30,197 from 32,419 in the same period, it added.Police in Mumbai have implemented tough policies against organised crime in recent years, forcing out crime lords who often took their disputes onto the streets in violent shoot-outs.India's Supreme Court granted police in Mumbai and surrounding Maharashtra state the power to tap the phones of suspected extremists and those allegedly involved in organised crime.
In the US, it is so common to come across shoot-outs in schools.
These matches are being decided on the toss of a coin in determining which end to use for the penalty shoot-outs. It's becoming a farce.
Ten-gallon hats, lineouts and mock shoot-outs will help bring a flavour of the West on Saturday.
The London-based firm said it benefited from the latter stages of the tournament when favourites Brazil and Argentina were knocked out along with England, and a high proportion of matches ended in draws and penalty shoot-outs.