a gunfight that must end in defeat for one side or the other, as between gunfighters in the Old West, criminal groups, or law-enforcement officers and criminals.
Slang. any military conflict or skirmish.
Slang. a high-scoring or intensely played game or tournament, as of basketball or ice hockey.
Soccer. a method of breaking a tie score at the end of overtime in which five players from each team alternate shooting at the opponent’s goal, starting from a spot 35 yards (39 meters) from the goal line, in an attempt to kick the ball past the rival goalkeeper in under five seconds.
shoot one’s load
- Shoot someone a line
shoot someone a line
- Shoot someone down
- Shoot straight
Also, shoot square. Deal fairly and honestly, as in You can’t trust most car salesmen, but Jim always shoots straight, or We always shoot square with our customers. These colloquial terms use straight and square in the sense of “straightforward and honest,” and shoot in the sense of “deal with.”