sharpshooter

If you know someone who is a crack shot with her rifle at target practice, you can call her a sharpshooter.

Annie Oakley, the fabled markswoman of the Wild West, is a perfect example of a sharpshooter. The sharp bit is a bit of a stretch, but it is presumed to refer to the marksperson's eye; sharpshooter comes to us as a direct translation of the German Scharfschütz. Today the terms sharpshooter, marksman, and sniper tend to be used interchangeably.

Definitions of sharpshooter
  1. noun
    someone skilled in shooting
    synonyms: crack shot, marksman
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    examples:
    Annie Oakley
    United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
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    deadeye
    a dead shot
    franc-tireur
    a sharpshooter (in the French army)
    rifleman
    someone skilled in the use of a rifle
    sniper
    a marksman who shoots at people from a concealed place
    type of:
    shooter, shot
    a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
  2. noun
    an athlete noted for accurate aim
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    type of:
    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
  3. noun
    a fast schooner once used by New England fisherman for illegal fishing in Canadian waters
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    type of:
    schooner
    sailing vessel used in former times
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