with both barrels

with both barrels

With extreme force or vigor. The phrase refers to the barrels of a gun. You have to know that she's going to come at us with both barrels if we fire her, so just be prepared. The team looked a bit lackluster in their first game, but they've come out with both barrels tonight.
See also: barrel, both
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both barrels, with

With full force, as in When I scolded her for stealing, I let her have it with both barrels. This term alludes to firing with both barrels of a double-barreled shotgun. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: both
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.

with both barrels

with unrestrained force or emotion. informal
The barrels in question are the two barrels of a firearm.
See also: barrel, both
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