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1a smoothbore gun for firing small shot at short range. 2 (also shotgun formation) Football an offensive formation in which the quarterback receives the snap while standing several yards behind the line of scrimmage.
1aimed at a wide range of things; with no specific target:many companies use the shotgun approach, aiming advertising at the widest possible audience 2(of a house or other structure) with the rooms lined up one behind another, forming a long narrow whole:his family lived in a shotgun shack in South Memphis
1shoot at or kill with a shotgun. 2consume (a canned beverage) in one go by punching a hole near the can’s base and upturning it over one’s mouth:shotgunning beers consume (any beverage) in one go:I shotgunned two tumblers of Jack D and chased it with a Mickey’s