submachine gun

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From sub- +‎ machine gun.

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submachine gun (plural submachine guns)

  1. A type of short range machine gun that is carried as a personal weapon and uses pistol ammunition.
    Bare-chested children and their parents gathered in doorways, on roofs and in windows as he passed, watched warily by Brazilian troops carrying submachine guns. - New York Times, 09/03/2007 [1]

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