gun for (someone or something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gun for someone

 
1. Lit. to seek one out to shoot one. They say that Tex is gunning for the sheriff.
2. Fig. to seek someone out in anger. The boss is gunning for you. I think that Walter is gunning for me.
See also: gun
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gun for

1. Pursue relentlessly so as to overcome or destroy. For example, He was sure they were gunning for him and asked for police protection, or The senator felt that the reporters were gunning for him with that article about his brother . [Slang; late 1800s]
2. Go after in earnest, try hard to obtain. For example, He's been gunning for a raise all year. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: gun
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

gun for

v.
1. To pursue someone or something relentlessly in order to overcome or destroy: Look out; they're jealous of you and they're gunning for you.
2. To go after something in earnest; set out to obtain something: Everyone in the office is gunning for a promotion.
3. To lend encouragement and support to someone or something: My friends were all gunning for me when I ran in the marathon.
See also: 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.

gun for someone

in. to be looking for someone, not necessarily with a gun. Sam is gunning for Wilmer.
See also: gun, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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