shoot-'em-up

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shoot-'em-up

 (sho͞ot′əm-ŭp′)
n. Informal
An entertainment, such as a movie or television show, featuring gunfire and violence.

shoot-'em-up

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shoot-em-up

n
1. (Computer Science) a type of computer game, the object of which is to shoot as many enemies, targets, etc, as possible
2. (Film) a fast-moving film involving many gunfights, battles, etc

shoot-'em-up

(ˈʃɒɒt əmˌʌp)

n. Informal.
a motion-picture or television program that emphasizes gunplay, action, and often violence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shoot-'em-up - a movie featuring shooting and violence
motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, film, picture show, flick, picture - a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"
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But bloodthirsty, hugely popular shoot-'em-ups are blamed for leaving players desensitised to violence - and isolated from the real world.
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A PLASTIC toy gun meant for computer game shoot-'em-ups sparked an armed siege on a residential street.
Breaking free from its platform shackles has allowed the bustling community to create top-down racers, tower defence games, RPGs, shoot-'em-ups, sports games, pinball tables, Pong and Asteroids clones and a raft of other mind-twisting creations.
One of them revealed the Wimbledon ace's addiction to playing video Tennis and shoot-'em-ups like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: "He would spend all his time glued to them.
Mann choreographs the heists and shoot-'em-ups like musical pieces; the sense of bravura that permeates these sequences is integral to the myth of Dillinger the press had tirelessly exalted in.
Certainly not terrible but one for fans of Woo or mindless shoot-'em-ups only.
Shoot-'em-ups, battles and blood are all exciting, very visual and TV-like.
Whether it's online card games, such as AOL's World Series of Poker, or complex, video-driven titles that transform the player into a teenage girl, a Greek god or a suburban housewife, the industry has made great strides to break out of the realm of space shoot-'em-ups.
I think these movies are a wonderful opportunity to engage children and adults in the wonders of nature instead of the wonders of shoot-'em-ups," Boersma says.
The Army retains the right to review content for such red flags as the excessive violence that characterizes commercial shoot-'em-ups.
And although the eroticized longueurs of Wong Kar-wai's recent films (Happy Together and In the Mood for Love) have captivated such Hollywood hipsters as Sofia Coppola, it's the martial arts movies and gangster shoot-'em-ups that are more likely to cross into the mass market--even when their stars are less well known (albeit infinitely more glamorous) than Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan.