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shooting gallery

a place equipped with targets and used for practice in shooting.
Slang. a place where drug addicts can buy and inject themselves with narcotic drugs.
Origin of shooting gallery
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for shooting gallery
Historical Examples
  • There's a shooting gallery here where they let 'em out by the hour.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • "Not so much as she was in the shooting gallery," admitted Stephen.

    A Girl of the Klondike Victoria Cross
  • Yet she did not know of the shooting gallery, nor of his false excuses.

    Friarswood Post-Office Charlotte M. Yonge
  • And after a while they were on the great steps leading to the shooting gallery.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • A few minutes later they were under the roof of the shooting gallery.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I chanced to be in Topeka, Kansas, and passed a shooting gallery.

    How to Eat Thomas Clark Hinkle
  • It wakes Mr. George of the shooting gallery and his familiar.

    Bleak House

    Charles Dickens
  • But he whistles that off like the rest of it and marches home to the shooting gallery.

    Bleak House

    Charles Dickens
  • I had spent scores of hours at a shooting gallery in St. Louis.

  • I'm darned if I like to be the target at a shooting gallery.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for shooting gallery

shooting gallery

an area, often enclosed, designed for target practice, shooting, etc
(slang) a house where heroin addicts inject themselves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooting gallery

shooting gallery

noun phrase

  1. A place where a narcotics user can get a dose or injection
  2. A party or gathering where narcotics users take injections: in a fellow musician's hotel room during a ''shooting gallery'' (dope party) (1950s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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