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gun someone (or an animal) down
Lit. to shoot someone or an animal. Max tried to gun a policeman down. The cop tried to gun down the rabid dog.
gun down somebodyalso gun somebody down
to shoot someone He was the second major rap star to have been gunned down in the last six months.
1. To cause something to collapse or fall by striking it with bullets, missiles, or some other projectile; shoot down something: The marines gunned down the attacking airplanes. The soldiers gunned the enemy down.
2. To kill or incapacitate someone by shooting: They stormed into the hideout and gunned down all the soldiers there. The assassin tracked down the politicians and gunned them down.