gun for someone
gun for (someone or something)
1. Literally, to attempt to shoot someone or something with a gun. We're safe at the moment, but there are snipers up on the roof gunning for us, so we need to stay behind cover.
2. To seek to supplant someone or something by aggressive or underhanded means. I've had people gunning for me since the moment I took this job. I found it hard to believe that someone gunned for my position in the bank.
3. To seek very aggressively to bring someone or some group to justice. Police are still gunning for the escaped convict. The FBI has been gunning for the notorious gangster for years, but they are still no closer to nailing him on any credible charges. The government has really been gunning for companies that evade their taxes through unscrupulous means.
4. To work hard in pursuit of a goal. How many college students are gunning for the same internship as me? She's really gunning for that promotion.
5. To attempt to acquire or gain control of something. The tech company has been gunning for a number of other high profile companies in its bid to diversify into an international conglomerate.
6. To move toward someone or something with great speed and energy. I gunned for the gate the moment it was announced so that I could be one of the first to board the plane.
7. To show one's support for someone or something. I know she's nervous about taking this exam, so let's show her that we're all gunning for her.
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gun for someone
in. to be looking for someone, not necessarily with a gun. Sam is gunning for Wilmer.
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