gun [gun]
[ME gunne, gonne, contr. < gonnilde, a 14th-c. cannon < ON Gunnhildr, fem. name (< gunnr, older form of guthr, war + hildr, battle)]
1. a weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged by the force of an explosive; specif.,
a) technically, a heavy weapon with a relatively long barrel fixed in a mount, as a cannon or machine gun
b) a rifle
c) popularly a pistol or revolver
2. any similar device not discharged by an explosive [an air gun]
3. a discharge of a gun in signaling or saluting
4. anything like a gun in shape or use
5. Slang GUNMAN (sense 1)
6. Slang the throttle of an engine
gunned, gunning
to shoot or hunt with a gun; go shooting or hunting
1. Informal to shoot (a person) intentionally: with down
2. Slang to advance the throttle of (an engine) so as to increase the speed
big gun Slang
1. an important and influential person
2. a high-ranking military officer
☆ give it the gun [from the resemblance of early airplane accelerators to the trigger of a gun]
Slang to cause something to start or gain speed
go great guns
Slang to act with speed and efficiency
☆ gun for
1. to hunt for with a gun
2. to look for in order to shoot or harm
3. Slang to try to get; seek
jump the gun Informal
1. to begin a race before the signal has been given
2. to begin anything before the proper time
spike someone's guns
to frustrate or defeat someone
stick to one's guns
Informal to hold one's position under attack; not withdraw or retreat; be firm
under the gun
Informal in a tense, demanding situation or threatened state, often one involving a deadline

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