look down the barrel

look down the barrel

To raise and point a gun at someone or something. (The "barrel" of a gun is the tube-shaped part from which the projectile is fired.) I don't know that I could look down the barrel and shoot another human being—I just don't think I could do it.
See also: barrel, down, look
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