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under the gun

Definition of under the gun

chiefly US

  1. :  in a situation in which one is getting a lot of criticism or pressure or in which one has only a short amount of time to do something <We were under the gun to finish the project on time.> <Those responsible for the error suddenly found themselves under the gun.>



Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  facing or protruding downward

    :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory

    :  a portable firearm (as a rifle or handgun)

    :  a device that throws a projectile

  1. :  to fire on

    :  shoot

    :  to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed


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