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gun  (gn)
1. A weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is fired at high velocity into a relatively flat trajectory.
2. A cannon with a long barrel and a relatively low angle of fire.
3. A portable firearm, such as a rifle or revolver.
4. A device resembling a firearm or cannon, as in its ability to project something, such as grease, under pressure or at great speed.
5. A discharge of a firearm or cannon as a signal or salute.
6. One, such as a hunter, who carries or uses a gun.
a. A person skilled in the use of a gun.
b. A professional killer: a hired gun.
8. The throttle of an engine, as of an automobile.
v. gunned, gun·ning, guns
1. To shoot (a person): a bank robber who was gunned down by the police.
2. To open the throttle of (an engine) so as to accelerate: gunned the engine and sped off.
3. Maine To hunt (game).
To hunt with a gun.
Phrasal Verb:
gun for
1. To pursue relentlessly so as to overcome or destroy.
2. To go after in earnest; set out to obtain: gunning for a promotion.
go great guns
To proceed or perform with great speed, skill, or success.
hold a gun to (someones) head
To put pressure on someone.
under the gun
Under great pressure or under threat.

[Middle English gonne, cannon, short for Gunilda, womans name applied to a siege engine, from Old Norse Gunnhildr, womans name : gunnr, war; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots + hildr, war.]

gun  /gn/  n. 1 a weapon that fires bullets or cannon shells: Hunters use guns to kill animals. 2 any device with barrels that shoot substances: A worker used a paint gun to paint the wall. 3 infrml. big gun: an important person: He is a big gun in city government. 4 to go great guns: to make great progress: Our new product is going great guns. 5 to jump the gun: to act too soon: He jumped the gun in advertising the new product, because it is not ready for market yet. 6 to stick to ones guns: to keep ones opinion or position in spite of oppo-sition 7 son of a gun: a. exclam. expression of surprise, gee whiz, gosh: Son of a gun, what a success! b. rascal, devil: You son of a gun, I didnt think you could win, but you did.
v. [T] gunned, gunning, guns 1 to cause an engine to run very quickly: Racers gunned the engines of their cars. 2 phrasal v. sep. to gun s.o. or s.t. down: to shoot s.o. or s.t. with a gun, causing a fall to the ground or death: The police gunned down a criminal in the street.||They gunned him down. 3 phrasal v. insep. to gun for s.o. or s.t.: to chase, follow, (syn.) to pursue: Shes gunning for a promotion.

Thesaurus: gun n. 1 a weapon, firearm | pistol, rifle, shotgun. gun

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