Meaning of “showdown” in the English Dictionary

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"showdown" in British English

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showdownnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃəʊ.daʊn/ us /ˈʃoʊ.daʊn/

an important argument that is intended to end a disagreement that has existed for a long time:

The president is preparing for a showdown with Republicans over his plans to reform the economy.
Millions of dollars were spent on lawyers in a courtroom showdown between the two companies.

(Definition of “showdown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"showdown" in American English

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showdownnoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃoʊˌdɑʊn/

an event, such as a meeting or fight, that ends a disagreement or decides who will win:

a military showdown
Sunday’s showdown will decide whether Mexico or Italy is the world soccer champion.

(Definition of “showdown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)