verb (used with object), shot·gunned, shot·gun·ning.
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Idioms for shotgun
- (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.
Words nearby shotgun
Example sentences from the Web for shotgun
The only guns allowed are shotguns, guns for research purposes and guns for competition.Does Restricting Access to Guns Reduce Gun Violence?|Truthbetold|December 14, 2020|TruthBeTold.news
An officer fired his shotgun once, shattering the hand in which she was holding the knife.It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds.|by Eric Umansky|December 4, 2020|ProPublica
During the night of the storm, residents recalled hearing “shotgun-like” snapping of tree limbs, with many limbs crashing down on roofs.Ice storms: Inside wintertime’s dreaded, frozen mess|Jeffrey Halverson|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
The Ravens, who have lost two of three games, may also use Lamar Jackson less frequently in the shotgun after having issues with snaps last week.AFC South thrives and the Steelers stay unbeaten in NFL Week 11|Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Officers were looking for anything related to the shooting in Portland, Brady said, and recovered a shotgun bag.New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect|by Bryan Denson for ProPublica and Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting|October 13, 2020|ProPublica
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
In the Middle East, a cheetah riding shotgun in the plush leather seat of a luxury sports car is the ultimate status symbol.
Then suddenly he would shift shotgun for rifle and come home with a bearskin in the wagon.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
The Whitmore double-barrel breech-loading shotgun was designed, and later developed into the Remington breech-loading shotgun.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
He said he reckoned a body could reform the old man with a shotgun, maybe, but he didn't know no other way.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Hale put young Dave on a horse and the little shotgun cavalcade quietly moved away toward the county-seat.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
He merely leaned his shotgun against his thigh, reached around beneath his coat and produced a forty-five caliber revolver.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
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
Idioms and Phrases with shotgun
In addition to the idiom beginning with shotgun
, also see
- ride shotgun