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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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In 1966, Beryl changed direction and her management team formed a band called Shotgun Express which also featured Peter Bardens, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Rod Stewart.
On his show, The Colbert Report, the comedian has already warned other Perry-friendly super PACs, like GrowPAC and Jobs for Iowa PAC (both name-dropped in the new ad), to "back off" because he'd already "called shotgun" on the Perry bandwagon.
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Using a controversial approach called shotgun sequencing, a team at Celera Genomics in Rockville, Md., and several academic institutions decoded 97 percent of the 120 million bases that make up the protein-coding portion of the fruit fly genome.