shotgun

shotgun
shotgun [shät′gun΄]
n.
1. a smoothbore gun, usually used for firing a charge of shot at short range, as in hunting small game
2. Football an offensive formation, esp. for passing, in which the quarterback takes the snap while standing several yards behind the line of scrimmage: often shotgun formation
vt., vi.
to shoot, force, or threaten with a shotgun
adj.
1. done or made under duress
2. with no fixed direction or target
3. designating a long, narrow house, apartment, etc. with rooms arranged one behind the other
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ride shotgun
1. Historical in the W U.S., to go along as an armed guard, esp. with the driver of a stagecoach
2. to accompany for protection, as in the front seat of a motor vehicle

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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