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shoot it out

To engage in a bloody and decisive gunfight. The feud came to a head when the two gangs began shooting it out in the middle of town, leaving only a few people alive to tell the tale. Police were forced to shoot it out with the fugitive, who had holed up in an abandoned house with an assortment of firearms.
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shoot it out

engage in a decisive confrontation, typically a gun battle. informal
See also: out, shoot

ˌshoot it ˈout (with somebody)

(informal) fight against somebody with guns, especially until one side is killed or defeated: The gang decided to shoot it out with the police. ▶ ˈshoot-out noun: The movie ended with a shoot-out, which of course the hero won.
See also: out, shoot