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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Surely, it must be possible to neuter these animals to control their population rather than gun them down? Still, it's reassuring to learn the Office of Public Works, which ordered the cull, "take full regard for the welfare of the deer".
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The dictator told his electorate that if they didn't vote for him, his thugs would gun them down. So one cheeky punter thought he could take the bookies to the cleaners.
HONEST Kari Arnason insists Aberdeen's game plan backfired and gifted an under-pressure Celtic side the confidence to gun them down.
But with basement boys Accies six points behind the Buddies, who have a game in hand, he is desperate to gun them down in Paisley.