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Tommy gun

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noun
  1. Thompson submachine gun.
  2. any submachine gun.
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Origin of Tommy gun

First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for tommy gun

Historical Examples

  • And they've got four sawed-off shotguns and a tommy-gun in the back seat.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Before the boys piled in, Stan handed his tommy-gun to Allison.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • He could not find a tommy-gun, but he had the sack of grenades on his lap.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • Stan armed himself with a tommy-gun and rode up front with Arno.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • Implacably, the big guard brought up his Tommy-gun and let it rattle.


British Dictionary definitions for tommy gun

Tommy gun

noun
  1. an informal name for Thompson sub-machine-gun
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