Definition of shotgun in English:

shotgun

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɒtɡʌn
 
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noun

1A smooth-bore gun for firing small shot at short range.
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  • Spent shotgun cartridges have been recovered from the scene.
  • Security guards were robbed at gunpoint by raiders wielding a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol.
  • The suspected burglar fled the farm but was later discovered nearby with a minor wound in his leg caused by shotgun pellets.
2North American informal The front passenger seat in a vehicle: [as modifier]: I took the shotgun seat
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  • I had a '60 Ford Galaxie back in the 60s that had a rust hole behind the "shotgun" seat.
  • If I was pitching that day, my warmup would generally consist of throwing someone's socks to the shotgun seat from the back.
  • I can only imagine that when Zack takes his friends places, he gets both the driver's seat and shotgun.
2.1 [as exclamation] Used to claim the right to sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on a particular journey: ‘Shotgun!’ she yelled and tossed the keys to Veronica
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  • "Shotgun!" Benjamin called as he jumped into the passenger side.
  • The second I closed the door, I shouted "Shotgun!"
  • I watched two men with bulging backpacks descend the stairs and load them into the boot, nearly filling it up. "Shotgun!" one of them said.

adjective

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1Aimed at a wide range of things; having no specific target: many companies use the shotgun approach, aiming advertising at the widest possible audience
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  • I am taking the shotgun approach to the insurance question.
  • Like tiny divining rods, these drugs hunt down only diseased cells, avoiding the shotgun approach of past chemotherapies.
  • I love George and wish him well, but the shotgun approach strikes me as counterproductive.
2Denoting a long, narrow single-storey house whose rooms are arranged one behind another: his family lived in a shotgun shack in South Memphis
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  • George invited him to stay the night in the family's shotgun shack.
  • The following day, after a pilgrimage to Elvis's childhood home (a two roomed shotgun shack in Tupelo) we headed for Fulton, a small town in Northern Mississippi.
  • Neighbors were attempting to avoid further development in the chronically cramped neighborhood of shotgun cottages.

verb

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1Shoot at or kill with a shotgun: he had been shotgunned by drug dealers
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  • One of the star prosecution witnesses had been shotgunned to death.
  • He's the murderer. He shotgunned his wife and her fancy man
  • One came driving at me, so I shotgunned him in the head as he drove past.
2North American informal Consume (a canned drink) in one go by puncturing the can, putting one’s mouth over the resulting hole, and then opening the can by means of the ring pull to produce a rapid flow: a group of us shotgunned beers
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  • We went in the pool, had a water bomb fight, ate pizza, shotgunned cans of fanta and sprite, watched Scary Movie 4 and played some card games.
  • Kelsey and I just shotgunned cans of Pepsi in front of our house in honor of her 21st birthday.
  • By the end of their day together he has shotgunned a Bud Light and gotten a new tattoo.

Phrases

call shotgun

North American informal Claim the right to sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on a particular journey: my girlfriend called shotgun, so I sat in the back seat
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  • I call shotgun: Kiri usually claims the best spot at the front of the sidecar, leaving Mari and Hine to perch behind.
  • None of your passengers will be calling shotgun, and you might make a habit of letting friends drive, so you can lounge in back.
  • Adults can fit in the cheap seats way out back, but the tallest ones will want to call shotgun on long trips.

ride shotgun

North American informal
Travel as a guard next to the driver of a vehicle: police have begun riding shotgun on buses to protect frightened drivers and passengers
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  • It goes like this: the secret service agents detailed to ride shotgun on the motorcade went out drinking the night before.
  • Wyatt rode shotgun for Wells Fargo stagecoaches and moonlighted as a gambler.
  • We need someone to ride shotgun with our first responders-more guns, right?
Ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle: Jacob got in the back seat next to Katie and Jessica rode shotgun
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  • The car packed, we left early the next day, me driving and my son riding shotgun with his "Death Jar" containing the now dead (hopefully) spider.
  • The redhead riding shotgun turned and looked at me with disgust.
  • They honk to her and the man riding shotgun gets out and lets her into the front passenger seat.

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