Definition of shooting gallery in English:

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shooting gallery

Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞odiNG ˌɡal(ə)rē/

noun

1A room or fairground booth used for recreational shooting at targets with guns or air guns.
Example sentences
  • Nothing, it seems, has escaped the bullets, including many religious statues peppered with holes like target figures in a fairground shooting gallery.
  • An artist named El Perro (Spanish, I guess) has creating a shooting gallery with an air gun that points at a view of a street corner, with cars and people occasionally passing across the frame.
  • Conversely, the undefended pieces of your opponent are like targets in a shooting gallery.
1.1North American informal A place used for taking drugs, especially injecting heroin.
Example sentences
  • Measures selected for our first analysis pertain to the question: ‘Among injecting drug users, who is more likely to inject in shooting galleries?’
  • Nonetheless, the literature is contradictory in terms of predicting which persons among illicit drug users are more likely to inject in shooting galleries as compared to injecting alone or elsewhere.
  • In shooting galleries, drug users are able to illegally rent cubicles to inject drugs.

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Syllabification: shoot·ing gal·ler·y

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