[ suhb-muh-sheen-guhn ]
/ ˌsʌb məˈʃin ˌgʌn /
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a lightweight automatic or semiautomatic gun, fired from the shoulder or hip. Abbreviation: SMG
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Origin of submachine gun
First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + machine gun
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How to use submachine gun in a sentence
Everyone was far more interested in the black Thompson sub-machine gun he held cradled over one arm."And That's How It Was, Officer"|Ralph Sholto
He had swung the sub-machine gun up and was making it spit nickel-jacketed lead.
His other hand chopped down on the sub-machine gun and yanked it from the falling German's hands.
Clutching the sub-machine gun, he ran body well bent forward and low to the ground.
Each gripped a sub-machine gun in his hands and blazed away at the coasting Vultee!Dave Dawson at Casablanca|Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for submachine gun
a portable automatic or semiautomatic light gun with a short barrel, firing pistol ammunition: designed to be fired from the hip or shoulder
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