- gun brig,
- gun camera,
- gun carriage,
- gun control,
- gun crew
Origin of gunning
- (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.
Origin of gun1
Examples from the Web for gunning
Fort Bliss was shot in just 21 days, with the crew, Monaghan says, “running and gunning, literally.”Michelle Monaghan on ‘Fort Bliss,’ the Lack of Roles for Women, and ‘True Detective’ Hysteria|Marlow Stern|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This growing clickbait awareness may ultimately cost news agencies that are gunning for short-term gains.Saving Us From Ourselves: The Anti-Clickbait Movement|Emily Shire|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reed McCandless is gunning for a Republican congressional nomination against incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho.Fringe Factor: Gay People Need to Be More Tolerant|Caitlin Dickson|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But will it keep women of talent and substance and mettle and ambition from gunning it forward?What Happens to Women When Female Leaders Like Jill Abramson Get Fired?|Keli Goff|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No, his group would also be gunning for anyone and everyone to whom she offered political aid.StopHillary Super PAC Goes After McAuliffe in Virginia Race|Michelle Cottle|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The money he made by gunning or fishing he spent for tops and kites.Tom, The Bootblack|Horatio Alger
His example was followed by all his friends, Gunning with arms folded across his chest, watching the proceeding in silence.The Nest of the Sparrowhawk|Baroness Orczy
There was a neighbor of my father's, who was very fond of gunning and fishing.
Don't spend too much time at fishing and gunning, but study a good deal.The Cross and the Shamrock|Hugh Quigley
The best "gunning points," as is the case in Chesapeake Bay, are owned by private parties, and cannot be used by the public.Voyage of the Paper Canoe|Nathaniel H. Bishop
- 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
- informalto act prematurely
verb guns, gunning or gunned
Word Origin for gun
mid-14c., gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other missiles," probably a shortening of woman's name Gunilda, found in Middle English gonnilde "cannon" and in an Anglo-Latin reference to a specific gun from a 1330 munitions inventory of Windsor Castle ("...una magna balista de cornu quae Domina Gunilda ..."), from Old Norse Gunnhildr, woman's name, from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war, battle." First element from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane); for second, cf. Hilda.
The identification of women with powerful weapons is common historically (cf. Big Bertha, Brown Bess, Mons Meg, etc.); meaning shifted with technology, from cannons to firearms as they developed 15c. Great guns (cannon, etc.) distinguished from small guns (such as muskets) from c.1400. Applied to pistols and revolvers after 1744. Meaning "thief, rascal" is from 1858. Son of a gun is originally nautical. To jump the gun (1912, American English) is from track and field. Guns "a woman's breasts" (especially if prominent) attested by 2006.
"to shoot with a gun," 1620s, from gun (n.); the sense of "to accelerate an engine" is from 1930, from earlier phrase to give (something) the gun. Related: Gunned; gunning.
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