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gun

1. n. a hired gunman; a bodyguard, an assassin, or a member of a gang of criminals. (Underworld and Western.) Willie and his guns came by to remind Gary of what he owed Mr. Gutman.
2. n. a leader; the key member of a group. Who’s the gun around here?
3. tv. to race an engine; to rev up an engine. See how loud it is when I gun it?
4. Go to guns.
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All the guns, without waiting for orders, were being fired in the direction of the conflagration.
In their childlike glee, aroused by the fire and their luck in successfully cannonading the French, our artillerymen only noticed this battery when two balls, and then four more, fell among our guns, one knocking over two horses and another tearing off a munition-wagon driver's leg.
One invented a gun, and hardly was it cast, when one hastened to try it in the face of the enemy!
Those fellows believe that one can't become a general without having served first as an ensign; which is as much as to say that one can't point a gun without having first cast it oneself!"
To put all twenty yoke of us to the big gun as soon as Two Tails trumpets." ("Two Tails" is camp slang for the elephant.)
Then we tug the big gun all together--Heya--Hullah!
But there were all our stores at the bottom, and to make things worse, only two guns out of five remained in a state for service.
The honorable secretary of the Gun Club wished himself to observe the vehicle of his daring friends.
The slanting rays of the sun were still hot; his clothes, soaked through with perspiration, stuck to his body; his left boot full of water weighed heavily on his leg and squeaked at every step; the sweat rain in drops down his powder-grimed face, his mouth was full of the bitter taste, his nose of the smell of powder and stagnant water, his ears were ringing with the incessant whir of the snipe; he could not touch the stock of his gun, it was so hot; his heart beat with short, rapid throbs; his hands shook with excitement, and his weary legs stumbled and staggered over the hillocks and in the swamp, but still he walked on and still he shot.
Picking up his gun and his hat, he called Laska, and went out of the swamp.
They were described as "vast spiderlike machines, nearly a hundred feet high, capable of the speed of an express train, and able to shoot out a beam of intense heat." Masked batter- ies, chiefly of field guns, had been planted in the country about Horsell Common, and especially between the Woking district and London.
Guns were in rapid transit from Windsor, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Woolwich-- even from the north; among others, long wire-guns of ninety- five tons from Woolwich.
"I have nothing left me but to take my gun. At all events, I will go where you go."
The Vaterland at that time was beating up to the south of City Hall from over the ruins of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the reports of the gun, followed by the first crashes of the collapsing Dexter building, brought Kurt and, Smallways to the cabin porthole.
"Order the guns," Rivera said, and thereupon was guilty of the longest flow of words they had ever heard him utter.