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
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 23, 2014
This growing clickbait awareness may ultimately cost news agencies that are gunning for short-term gains.Saving Us From Ourselves: The Anti-Clickbait Movement
July 14, 2014
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
May 18, 2014
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?
May 16, 2014
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
September 18, 2013
Historical Examples of gunning
The money he made by gunning or fishing he spent for tops and kites.Tom, The Bootblack
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
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
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