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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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Last time the scallops and belly pork (PS12) had been my pleasure, this time she jumped in first calling shotgun. Three perfect almost tomato-sized scallops, complete with the deep orange roe, so fresh you could taste the sea between with each creamy mouthful, were served squashed between chunks of crisp belly pork.
Thus, for instance, a joke in Hot Pursuit about Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) having accidentally tasered a teen after misunderstanding what he meant by 'calling shotgun' -- a mistake that earns her colleagues' derision and leads to phrases like 'pulling a Cooper' -- isn't (as some have claimed) an inappropriate joke about police brutality, and wouldn't be 'inappropriate' even if it was.