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shotgun

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Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.
Oscar Wilde
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Etymology

From shot + gun. Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

Noun

Singular
shotgun

Plural
s

shotgun (s)
  1. A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver.
    I've got shotgun! (I will sit in the passenger seat.)
  3. (US) A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States.
    Elvis Presley was born in a two-bedroom shotgun in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  4. (American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.

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Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to shotgun

Third person singular
shotgun

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
n

to shotgun (third-person singular simple present shotgun, present participle n, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
  2. (informal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To verbally lay claim to (something)
    I got a day off because I shotguned it.
  3. (baseball, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
  4. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.

Derived terms

Adjective

shotgun (not comparable)

Positive
shotgun

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or relating to a shotgun.
    The ground was littered with shotgun shells.
  2. Occuring as a result of the threat of force.
  3. Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.

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