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verb (used with object), ma·chine-gunned, ma·chine-gun·ning.
  1. to shoot at with a machine gun.
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Origin of machine-gun

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsmachine gunner, noun

machine gun

  1. a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.
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Origin of machine gun

First recorded in 1865–70
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  • Machine-gun fire in the wood we had left was hotter than ever.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • Earl and Leon held the machine-gun ready for instant action.

  • A machine-gun was mounted on board and several bombs were also to be carried.

  • To-day you couldn't get me out of Kentucky with a machine-gun!


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • He listened to shells whistle by and the whipcrack of machine-gun bullets.

    The Green Beret

    Thomas Edward Purdom

British Dictionary definitions for machine-gun

machine gun

    1. a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged
    2. (as modifier)machine-gun fire
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verb machine-gun -guns, -gunning or -gunned
  1. (tr) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun
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Derived Formsmachine gunner, noun
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Word Origin and History for machine-gun


1870, from machine (n.) + gun (n.). As a verb from 1915. Related: Machine-gunned; machine-gunning.

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