call shotgun

call shotgun

To verbally claim the ability to ride in the front passenger seat of a car. An allusion to stage coaches in 19th-century America, which were often protected from outlaws by someone who sat wielding a shotgun next to the driver. Mom, don't let Jake ride up front—I called shotgun! A: "OK, let's get back on the road." B: "I call shotgun!"
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call shotgun

phr. to call out and claim the seat beside the driver in an automobile. Bob called shotgun so he could sit next to the driver.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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