- to shoot at with a machine gun.
Origin of machine-gun
First recorded in 1880–85
- a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.
Origin of machine gun
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for machine-gun
Mothers pushed their children's heads down and they sped through town, leaving a trail of machine-gun shells in their wake.
A burst of machine-gun fire blew off the wall of a nearby building—the commandos were approaching.
But for once we see something new: The singer reloads the bolt of his machine-gun in time with the music.Ukraine Separatists' Pro-Putin Raps
June 23, 2014
He speaks so quickly that a clichéd comparison to a machine-gun is unavoidable.In Defense of a Good Guy With a Gun
April 28, 2013
Fifty percent were drug-related; 25 percent died from machine-gun fire; 15 percent were public executions.Cocaine Cowboys
October 12, 2009
Machine-gun fire in the wood we had left was hotter than ever.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Earl and Leon held the machine-gun ready for instant action.
A machine-gun was mounted on board and several bombs were also to be carried.
To-day you couldn't get me out of Kentucky with a machine-gun!Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
He listened to shells whistle by and the whipcrack of machine-gun bullets.The Green Beret
Thomas Edward Purdom
- a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged
- (as modifier)machine-gun fire
- (tr) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun
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Word Origin and History for machine-gun
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