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See also: shot-gun
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃɒtɡʌn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈʃɑtɡʌn/
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- Rhymes: -ɒtɡʌn, -ɑtɡʌn
- Hyphenation: shot‧gun
- (firearms) A gun which fires loads typically consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
- Synonym: scattergun
- Meat was cooked up within hours after the hunter killed the deer with his shotgun.
- (slang) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.
- Synonym: death seat
- I call shotgun! ― I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.
- (US, especially Southern US) A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line.
- (American football) An offensive formation in which the quarterback receives the snap at a distance behind the center, often with a running back set to one or both sides of him.
- (attributive, as a modifier) Relating to shotguns, either in a present or past sense.
- shotgun cartridges
- shotgun seat
- (attributive, as a modifier) Relating to the threat of force or dubious means.
- shotgun diplomacy
- (attributive, as a modifier) Relating to the use of numerous, diverse or indiscriminate means to achieve a particular result.
- shotgun marketing
- shotgun approach
front seat next to driver
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- (slang, smoking) To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
- 2017, “Super Potent”, in Renaissance, performed by The Underachievers:
- High as fuck, I light it up / Got pre-rolls for the whole month / She don't smoke but when I roll one / We shotgun the whole blunt
- (transitive, informal) To verbally lay claim to (something)
- I got a day off because I shotgunned it.
- (transitive, baseball) To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
- (US, slang) To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
- (US, slang) To send out many (requests, answers to a question, etc), especially in the hope that one obtains a positive result (i.e. reveals useful information, is correct, etc), in the manner of a shotgun firing many balls of shot such that one may hit a target.
- 2009, Writing Fiction For Dummies, →ISBN:
- An actual physical piece of paper shows that you're not just shotgunning out queries to every agent on the planet.
- 2013, Zack Arias, Photography Q&A: Real Questions, Real Answers, page 197:
- It's like they are on a generic mailing list and some photographer is just shotgunning cards out into the world with no thought as to who they are actually going to.
- (computing, slang) To employ the technique of shotgun debugging.
- 1998, Stuart Ball, Debugging Embedded Microprocessor Systems, page 71:
- Understand the problem before fixing it. About the only scenario where shotgunning is useful is if there is a shorted IC and you cannot tell which one it is.