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Tommy gun

any submachine gun.
Origin of Tommy gun
First recorded in 1920-25; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He picked up a Tommy gun where it had been dropped by the fleeing gunmen.

  • For Wally it was a Tommy gun—just stitching him up and down, you know, back and forth.

    The Hated Frederik Pohl
  • The Tommy gun was aimed at his head and he knew Puffy Adams wouldn't hesitate when the time came to shoot.

  • Puffy Adams stood, back to the granite, sweeping a Tommy gun around on the gang of men.

  • I pulled around the corner onto Harper street, and into the path of a Tommy gun's fire.

  • For want of something better to do, he took down a Tommy gun from a rack near Segador's seat and examined it for dust and grease.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
British Dictionary definitions for Tommy gun

Tommy gun

an informal name for Thompson sub-machine-gun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for Tommy gun

tommy gun

noun phrase

A handheld automatic repeating firearm; a submachine gun; burp gun, chopper

[1929+; fr the name of the .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun, the earliest well-known weapon of this sort, and a favorite arm of the gangster era]

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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