gun down

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gun down

1. To shoot and kill someone with a firearm. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gun" and "down." You just gunned down an innocent man, and you're going to pay! We need to make a change before one more innocent person gets gunned down.
2. To shoot something with bullets so that it falls to the ground. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gun" and "down." Security forces gunned down a helicopter attempting to attack the airport.
See also: down, gun
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gun someone (or an animal) down

Lit. to shoot someone or an animal. Max tried to gun a policeman down. The cop tried to gun down the rabid dog.
See also: down, gun
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gun down

v.
1. To cause something to collapse or fall by striking it with bullets, missiles, or some other projectile; shoot down something: The marines gunned down the attacking airplanes. The soldiers gunned the enemy down.
2. To kill or incapacitate someone by shooting: They stormed into the hideout and gunned down all the soldiers there. The assassin tracked down the politicians and gunned them down.
See also: down, gun
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Dubai: A man has been jailed for a year for beating and insulting a police sergeant, who had handcuffed him in a police station, and threatened to gun him down and bury him.
Dubai: A man has been accused of assaulting and insulting a police sergeant, who had handcuffed him in a police station, and threatening to gun him down and bury him.
Riaz recalled he was threatened by a group of militants to join them, else they would gun him down.
The psychopaths didn't hesitate to gun him down at point-blank range.
A TEENAGER crashed his bike into another lad at a park then "lost" their ensuing row - so he returned to gun him down, a court heard.
But at a THIRD trial killer Elisha Best was acquitted - and young Amos had to be sent away by his mum for a time because he was threatening to gun him down in revenge.