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"gun" in British English

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gunnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡʌn/
B1 a ​weapon that ​bullets or shells (= ​explosivecontainers) are ​fired from: The British ​police do not carry guns. You could ​hear the ​noise of guns firing in the ​distance. in ​sport, a ​device that makes a very ​loudsuddennoise as a ​signal to ​start a ​race: At the gun, the ​runnerssprinted away down the ​track. a ​device that you ​hold in ​yourhand and use for ​sending out a ​liquid or ​object: a ​spray gun
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hired gun mainly US informal a ​person who is ​paid to ​shoot and ​kill someone

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gunverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡʌn/ (-nn-) mainly US old-fashioned informal
(Definition of gun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gunnoun [C]

 us   /ɡʌn/
  • gun noun [C] (WEAPON)

a ​weapon from which ​bullets or ​shells (= ​explosivecontainers) are ​fired through a ​metaltube

gunverb [T]

 us   /ɡʌn/ (-nn-)
  • gun verb [T] (OPERATE ENGINE)

to make an ​engineoperate at high ​speed: Tom gunned the ​engine and ​sped off into the ​night.
(Definition of gun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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