- (esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
- guns, the biceps or triceps of the arms: his big, muscular guns.
verb (used with object), gunned, gun·ning.
verb (used without object), gunned, gun·ning.
- to seek with intent to harm or kill.
- to seek; try earnestly to obtain: He is gunning for a raise.
Words nearby gun
Idioms for gun
- to begin a race before the starting signal.
- to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
Origin of gun1
OTHER WORDS FROM gungun·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for stick to one's guns
- a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
- (as modifier)a gun barrel
- an expert
- (as modifier)a gun shearer; a gun batsman
- (of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
- informal to act prematurely
verb guns, gunning or gunned
Word Origin for gun
Idioms and Phrases with stick to one's guns (1 of 2)
Hold fast to a statement, opinion, or course of action, as in The witness stuck to her guns about the exact time she was there. This expression, originally put as stand to one's guns, alluded to a gunner remaining by his post. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s.
Idioms and Phrases with stick to one's guns (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with gun
- gun for
- gung ho
- at gunpoint
- big cheese (gun)
- great guns
- hired gun
- hold a gun to someone's head
- jump the gun
- smoking gun
- son of a bitch (gun)
- stick to one's guns
- under the gun