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noun [countable] gun pronunciation in American English /ɡʌn/
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  1. 1
    a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it
    “Move!” said Cardiff, waving the gun at them.
    She found herself looking down the barrel of a gun.
    a gang armed with machine guns
    aim/point a gun: He pointed the gun directly at me.
    fire a gun: She was learning how to fire a gun.
    carry a gun: Their police officers all carry guns.
    draw a gun (=take it out, ready to use): He spun around at the noise, drawing his gun.
    pull a gun on someone (=take out a gun and point it at someone): Suddenly the officer pulled a gun on them.
    a gun goes off (=it shoots a bullet): A police gun went off accidentally during a search of his home.
    gun battle: He was shot dead in a gun battle with the police.
    1. a.
      a large weapon that fires objects like large bullets, for example a cannon or a mortar
      Enemy guns fired a shell every two or three minutes.
      heavy guns: Our troops came under prolonged bombardment by heavy guns.



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