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verb (intr, preposition)
to search for in order to reprimand, punish, or kill
to try earnestly forhe was gunning for promotion
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gun dog, gunfight, gunfighter, gunfire, gunflint, gun for, “Gunga Din”, gunge, gung-ho, Gunite, gunk
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Other Idioms and Phrases with gun for
Pursue relentlessly so as to overcome or destroy. For example, He was sure they were gunning for him and asked for police protection, or The senator felt that the reporters were gunning for him with that article about his brother. [Slang; late 1800s]
Go after in earnest, try hard to obtain. For example, He's been gunning for a raise all year. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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