tom·​my-gun | \ ˈtä-mē-ˌgən How to pronounce tommy-gun (audio) \
tommy-gunned; tommy-gunning; tommy-guns

Definition of tommy-gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shoot with a tommy gun

tommy gun


Definition of tommy gun (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of tommy-gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the 1930s, the fee doubled the cost of a new tommy gun. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Should Las Vegas’s machine-gun rental industry be the future liberals want for assault weapons?," 20 Apr. 2020 The decade was also rife with poisonous bathtub gin, murderous Mafia dons, and the merciless rat-a-tat of tommy guns, as well as myriad political and cultural struggles simmering beneath the surface. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Prohibition Was America’s First War on Drugs," 17 Jan. 2020 The first patrolman on scene, John Ferry, was firing shotgun rounds at the second-story window when backup arrived with tommy guns, revolvers and tear gas. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tommy-gun


1942, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Tommy-gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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