But as the Flying Fortresses arrived over Normandy, gunning toward the bridge at Caen, the cloud cover suddenly thickened.
Republican Senator Scott Brown claims the liberal talk-show host is gunning for his Massachusetts seat.
“Jerry Sandusky had the opportunity to explain himself at trial and, as is his right, chose not to,” gunning told The Daily Beast.
But will it keep women of talent and substance and mettle and ambition from gunning it forward?
He was gunning to become Britain's version of Lee Iacocca or Jack Welsh.
I'm as keen on a day's gunning as any man, though I don't often get the chance now.
It can't be possible that the state is gunning an affair like this!
That way, nobody could claim we'd been gunning for the Junior E. Make it impartial, play no favorites.
gunning was dealing with him; and, besides, I wanted to see that rooster myself.
From dawn to sunset Abel stood on a hedge, waving his arms, shouting, and mimicking the sound of gunning.
mid-14c., gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other missiles," probably a shortening of woman's name Gunilda, found in Middle English gonnilde "cannon" and in an Anglo-Latin reference to a specific gun from a 1330 munitions inventory of Windsor Castle ("...una magna balista de cornu quae Domina Gunilda ..."), from Old Norse Gunnhildr, woman's name, from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war, battle." First element from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane); for second, cf. Hilda.
The identification of women with powerful weapons is common historically (cf. Big Bertha, Brown Bess, Mons Meg, etc.); meaning shifted with technology, from cannons to firearms as they developed 15c. Great guns (cannon, etc.) distinguished from small guns (such as muskets) from c.1400. Applied to pistols and revolvers after 1744. Meaning "thief, rascal" is from 1858. Son of a gun is originally nautical. To jump the gun (1912, American English) is from track and field. Guns "a woman's breasts" (especially if prominent) attested by 2006.
"to shoot with a gun," 1620s, from gun (n.); the sense of "to accelerate an engine" is from 1930, from earlier phrase to give (something) the gun. Related: Gunned; gunning.
(also gon) A professional thief, esp a pickpocket
[1858+; fr Yiddish gonif]