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"showdown" in British English

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showdownnoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃəʊ.daʊn/  us   /ˈʃoʊ-/
an ​importantargument that is ​intended to end a ​disagreement that has ​existed for a ​longtime: 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)

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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 ​worldsoccerchampion.
(Definition of showdown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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