verb (used with object), shot·gunned, shot·gun·ning.
- (formerly) to ride atop a stagecoach as a shotgun-bearing guard.
- to protect or keep a watchful eye on something: riding shotgun over the nation's economy.
Examples from the Web for shotgun
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Abarca blasted him in the face and the chest with a shotgun.
Despite the confusion on terminology, Grimes does appear to exercise solid technique with her shotgun.Alison Lundergan Grimes’s New TV Ad Is One Big Gun Gaffe|Tim Mak|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ex-wife was accused of no wrongdoing, especially after she produced a shotgun that she said also belonged to Morgan.The Mystery of Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS|Michael Daly|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gunman threw out the key to a van that he said was parked nearby with a shotgun inside that was in fact recovered.Brooklyn Shooting Hits Close to Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope Home|Michael Daly|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was double-barreled, and a shotgun, but now both barrels were loaded with round ball.Bobby of the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
When I got there, Val Hatfield was sitting by them with a shotgun across his lap.Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies|Chas. G Mutzenberg
Gus got out the shotgun and fired both barrels three times in rapid succession.Dutch Courage and Other Stories|Jack London
He swung his shotgun so that the muzzle centered squarely on Devil Chad.The Spell of the White Sturgeon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
So he went over and got his shotgun, just to give Fluff his first lesson.That Pup|Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for shotgun
- a shoulder firearm with unrifled bore designed for the discharge of small shot at short range and used mainly for hunting small game
- (as modifier)shotgun fire
verb -guns, -gunning or -gunned
Word Origin and History for shotgun
1821, American English, from shot (n.) in the sense of "lead in small pellets" (1770) + gun (n.). As distinguished from a rifle, which fires bullets. Shotgun wedding first attested 1903, American English.
Idioms and Phrases with shotgun
In addition to the idiom beginning with shotgun
, also see
- ride shotgun