under the gun


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under the gun

In a stressful situation that requires quick action, often to meet a deadline; under pressure. We have to get these pages to the printer by 8, so work faster, people—we're under the gun tonight! Has anyone called an ambulance? Judging by the severity of this man's injuries, we're really under the gun here.
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under the gun

(about something) Go to under pressure.
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under the gun

to feel pressure to do something Al is under the gun to decide whether to move to Texas with his company.
Etymology: based on the idea of pointing a gun at someone to make them do something
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under the gun

Under pressure to solve a problem or meet a deadline, as in The reporter was under the gun for that article on taxes. This idiom alludes to a gun being pointed at a person to force him or her to act. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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under the gun

mod. under pressure; under scrutiny. They’ve got the boss under the gun to get this thing wound up by Saturday.
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under the gun

Under great pressure or under threat.
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