turkey shoot


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turkey shoot

A fight or competition that is one-sided because one combatant or competitor is far superior to the other. What some predicted to be a long, arduous war ended up being a turkey shoot because the smaller country lacked adequate troops and firepower.
See also: shoot, turkey
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a turkey shoot

A turkey shoot is a fight or contest where one side is so much stronger than the other that the weaker side has no chance of winning. The fighting stopped earlier than expected partly because of public anxiety at the turkey-shoot. The game was turning into a turkey shoot with Roberts blasting the ball past the goalkeeper. Note: This expression is usually used to suggest that the situation is unfair. Note: A turkey shoot is an occasion when people hunt turkeys, which are very easy to shoot.
See also: shoot, turkey
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'Turkey shoot' which means 'a marksmanship contest' comes from the time when turkeys were plentiful and people used to compete when shooting them.
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During the 1991 war with Iraq, we engaged in a "turkey shoot" of retreating soldiers.