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[muh-sheen-guhn] /məˈʃinˌgʌn/
verb (used with object), machine-gunned, machine-gunning.
to shoot at with a machine gun.
Origin of machine-gun
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
machine gunner, noun

machine gun

a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for machine-gun

machine gun

  1. a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged
  2. (as modifier): machine-gun fire
verb -guns, -gunning, -gunned
(transitive) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun
Derived Forms
machine gunner, noun
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Word Origin and History for machine-gun

1870, from machine (n.) + gun (n.). As a verb from 1915. Related: Machine-gunned; machine-gunning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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