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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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They left instructions to our guards that once they get a signal from them, just a flash on their phone, they should just gun us down; but if thereaos no flash, they should wait until they return.
Any terrorist in his right mind these days is not going to use the shoe method, nor is he going to use the metal knee method, so security folk, get with it please, be human first, then gun us down.
"Teams will be going out to gun us down and prove a point.
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But Cadden warned: "While we're top of the pile, everybody will be wanting to gun us down."
"If we were protected, they would not have dared to gun us down like animals," she told the Associated Press.
"The fact Steve is an ex-Ross County player means he would love to gun us down.