- (esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
- guns, the biceps or triceps of the arms: his big, muscular guns.
verb (used with object), gunned, gun·ning.
verb (used without object), gunned, gun·ning.
- to seek with intent to harm or kill.
- to seek; try earnestly to obtain: He is gunning for a raise.
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Idioms for gun
- to begin a race before the starting signal.
- to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
Origin of gun1
OTHER WORDS FROM gungunless, adjective
Words nearby gun
Definition for gun (2 of 3)
Definition for gun (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for gun
“You can imagine the sound of that gun on a Bronx street,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says.
That act forever sealed his feeling for the Chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?
Frias—who was arrested in 2013 for interfering with public duties and public intoxication—was not carrying a gun at the time.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yes, the gun: “While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.”
Intently from his screened post of observation, he watched the gun barrel.Tom Fairfield in Camp|Allen Chapman
The magazines were kept open, and every gun, big and little, stood ready to be fired at the word of command.Fighting in Cuban Waters|Edward Stratemeyer
His first act was to fire the right barrel of his gun in the air, and at the same time give vent to a shout.Darry the Life Saver|Frank V. Webster
At one time the Mosque was deserted by all except one machine-gun officer, who continued to work his gun single-handed.With the British Army in The Holy Land|Henry Osmond Lock
He had nicknamed the gun “Ezekiel” after an eccentric old hunter he had known in his home town in Iowa.Agent Nine and the Jewel Mystery|Graham M. Dean
British Dictionary definitions for gun
- a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
- (as modifier)a gun barrel
- an expert
- (as modifier)a gun shearer; a gun batsman
- (of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
- informal to act prematurely
verb guns, gunning or gunned
Word Origin for gun
Idioms and Phrases with gun
In addition to the idiom beginning with gun
- gun for
- gung ho
- at gunpoint
- big cheese (gun)
- great guns
- hired gun
- hold a gun to someone's head
- jump the gun
- smoking gun
- son of a bitch (gun)
- stick to one's guns
- under the gun