gun


gun
gun [gun]
n.
[ME gunne, gonne, contr. < gonnilde, a 14th-c. cannon < ON Gunnhildr, fem. name (< gunnr, older form of guthr, war + hildr, battle)]
1. a weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged by the force of an explosive; specif.,
a) technically, a heavy weapon with a relatively long barrel fixed in a mount, as a cannon or machine gun
b) a rifle
c) popularly a pistol or revolver
2. any similar device not discharged by an explosive [an air gun]
3. a discharge of a gun in signaling or saluting
4. anything like a gun in shape or use
5. Slang GUNMAN (sense 1)
6. Slang the throttle of an engine
vi.
gunned, gunning
to shoot or hunt with a gun; go shooting or hunting
vt.
1. Informal to shoot (a person) intentionally: with down
2. Slang to advance the throttle of (an engine) so as to increase the speed
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big gun Slang
1. an important and influential person
2. a high-ranking military officer
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☆ give it the gun [from the resemblance of early airplane accelerators to the trigger of a gun]
Slang to cause something to start or gain speed
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go great guns
Slang to act with speed and efficiency
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☆ gun for
1. to hunt for with a gun
2. to look for in order to shoot or harm
3. Slang to try to get; seek
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jump the gun Informal
1. to begin a race before the signal has been given
2. to begin anything before the proper time
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spike someone's guns
to frustrate or defeat someone
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stick to one's guns
Informal to hold one's position under attack; not withdraw or retreat; be firm
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under the gun
Informal in a tense, demanding situation or threatened state, often one involving a deadline

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