gun1 [ gʌn ] noun count ***
1. ) a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it:
Move! said Cardiff, waving the gun at them.
She found herself looking down the barrel of a gun.
a gang armed with machine guns
aim/point a gun: He pointed the gun directly at me.
fire a gun: She was learning how to fire a gun.
carry a gun: Their police officers all carry guns.
draw a gun (=take it out, ready to use): He spun around at the noise, drawing his gun.
pull a gun on someone (=take out a gun and point it at someone): Suddenly the officer pulled a gun on them.
a gun goes off (=it shoots a bullet): A police gun went off accidentally during a search of his home.
gun battle: He was shot dead in a gun battle with the police.
a ) a large weapon that fires objects like large bullets, for example a cannon or a mortar:
Enemy guns fired a shell every two or three minutes.
heavy guns: Our troops came under prolonged bombardment by heavy guns.
2. ) a STARTING GUN used in sports competitions
3. ) a tool used for forcing something out of its container using a lot of pressure:
a paint/glue/staple gun
go great guns INFORMAL
to do something very quickly and with a lot of success or enthusiasm
hold/put a gun to someone's head INFORMAL
to BLACKMAIL someone (=force them to do something by threatening to do something bad to them)
under the gun
under a lot of pressure and not certain that you will succeed
with (all/both) guns blazing INFORMAL
with a lot of enthusiasm or energy
gun 2 [ gʌn ] verb transitive
AMERICAN to make a car engine work very quickly by pressing your foot on the ACCELERATOR
a. to start driving a car very fast
,gun `down phrasal verb transitive MAINLY JOURNALISM
to shoot someone and kill them or injure them badly, especially someone who is not guilty of anything, or who is not carrying a gun
`gun for phrasal verb INFORMAL
be/go gunning for someone
to try to hurt someone or damage their reputation
be gunning for something
to try to get something, for example a job or prize

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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