shotgun Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “shotgun” in the English Dictionary

"shotgun" in British English

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shotgunnoun [C]

uk   /ˈʃɒt.ɡʌn/  us   /ˈʃɑːt-/
a ​longgun that ​fires a ​largenumber of ​smallmetalbullets at one ​time, ​designed for ​shootingbirds and ​animals: The ​robbers used a sawn-off shotgun in the ​raid.
(Definition of shotgun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shotgun" in American English

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shotgunnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃɑtˌɡʌn/
a ​longgun that ​fires a ​largenumber of ​smallmetalbullets at one ​time, used esp. for ​hunting
(Definition of shotgun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shotgun”
in Chinese (Simplified) 猎枪,滑膛枪,霰弹枪…
in Turkish av tüfeği, çifte…
in Russian дробовик…
in Chinese (Traditional) 獵槍,滑膛槍,霰彈槍…
in Polish strzelba…
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