under the gun

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under the gun ‎(not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Under great pressure to perform.
    He was under the gun to finish the project quickly.
  2. (poker) Of, pertaining to, or in the situation of first player to act on the first round of betting.
    James will be under the gun for the first hand of the final table.
  3. (obsolete, military) Too close to be subject to artillery fire.



under the gun ‎(not comparable)

  1. (poker) When in the situation of being the player who acts first in the first round of preflop betting.
    Williams raised to $100 under the gun.