son of a gun
noun, plural sons of guns.
a rogue; rascal; scoundrel: That son of a gun still owes me $20.
a tiresome or disagreeable matter, chore, etc.
(used as an affectionate greeting, term of address, etc.): Charlie Humpelmeyer, you old son of a gun, how are you?
(used as an exclamation of irritation, surprise, dismay, etc.).
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- somoza, anastasio,
- son et lumière,
- son of a bitch,
- son of adam,
- son of god,
- son of man,
Origin of son of a gun
1700–10; perhaps orig. the illegitimate offspring of a soldier, though later influenced by British argot gun thief; cf. gun moll
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son of a gun
noun plural sons of guns
slang, mainly US and Canadian a rogue or rascal: used as a jocular form of address
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