Thompson submachine gun
a portable, .45-caliber, automatic weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder or hip.
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Also called Tommy gun.
Origin of Thompson submachine gun
1920–25; named after J. T. Thompson (1860–1940), American army officer who aided in its invention
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British Dictionary definitions for Thompson submachine gun
trademark a .45 calibre sub-machine-gunAlso called: Tommy gun
Word Origin for Thompson sub-machine-gun
C20: after John T. Thompson (1860–1940), US Army Officer, its coinventor
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