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A shooting of guns with intent to inflict harm.
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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) chiefly US the use of firearms, as by criminals
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the exchange of gunshots, usu. with intent to wound or kill.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gunplay - a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frightengunplay - a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
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