Nearby words

  1. gumshoe,
  2. gumsucker,
  3. gumtree,
  4. gumweed,
  5. gumwood,
  6. gun brig,
  7. gun camera,
  8. gun carriage,
  9. gun control,
  10. gun crew

Idioms

Origin of gun

1
1300–50; Middle English gunne, gonne, apparently short for Anglo-Latin Gunilda, gonnyld, name for engine of war; compare Old Norse Gunna, short for Gunnhildr woman's name

Related formsgun·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for under the gun

gun

/ (ɡʌn) /

noun

verb guns, gunning or gunned

See also gun for

Word Origin for gun

C14: probably from a female pet name shortened from the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr (from Old Norse gunnr war + hildr war)

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Word Origin and History for under the gun
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Idioms and Phrases with under the gun

under the gun

Under pressure to solve a problem or meet a deadline, as in The reporter was under the gun for that article on taxes. This idiom alludes to a gun being pointed at a person to force him or her to act. [Colloquial; c. 1900]

gun

In addition to the idiom beginning with gun

  • gun for
  • gung ho

also see:

  • 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
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