son of a gun

son of a gun

noun \ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən; as an interj ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən\

: a person (especially a man) or thing that you are annoyed with

—used by a man to address a male friend

—used to express mild surprise, disappointment, etc.

plural sons of guns

Full Definition of SON OF A GUN

—usually used as a mild or euphemistic alternative to son of a bitch ; sometimes used interjectionally to express surprise or disappointment

Examples of SON OF A GUN

  1. That son of a gun never called me back.
  2. I had to bring the car to the shop. The son of a gun broke down again.

First Known Use of SON OF A GUN



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