Definition for gunning (2 of 3)
- (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
Related formsgun·less, adjective
Definition for gunning (3 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for gunning (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for gunning (2 of 2)
- 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 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