Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “smoking gun”

See all translations

smoking gun

noun [C]  /ˈsmoʊ·kɪŋ ˈɡʌn/ us  
information that proves who committed a crime: The tapes provided prosecutors with the smoking gun they needed.
Translations of “smoking gun”
in Chinese (Traditional) 確鑿的罪證…
in Chinese (Simplified) 确凿的罪证…
(Definition of smoking gun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of smoking gun?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “smoking gun” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

flight of fancy

an idea that shows a lot of imagination but is not practical

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More