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shooting gallery

  1. a place equipped with targets and used for practice in shooting.
  2. Slang. a place where drug addicts can buy and inject themselves with narcotic drugs.
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Origin of shooting gallery

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of shooting gallery

  • But I have been practising at the shooting-gallery for two hours.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13

    Elbert Hubbard

  • "You haven't settled with me yet," said the shooting-gallery man.

  • The woman blazes with jewels like a Strand shooting-gallery with lights.

  • There, there; it's all right; we will go to the shooting-gallery.

    Father Goriot

    Honore de Balzac

  • He was at a shooting-gallery in Leicester-square, at a gallery in the Strand, and at another at the west end of the town.

British Dictionary definitions for shooting gallery

shooting gallery

  1. an area, often enclosed, designed for target practice, shooting, etc
  2. slang a house where heroin addicts inject themselves
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