: relating to or being a fast, freewheeling style of play in basketball that de-emphasizes set plays and defense

Examples of run-and-gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a dynamic pivot for the side-scrolling, run-and-gun series. PCMAG, 6 Apr. 2024 From the style of cinematography to the handheld guerrilla run-and-gun filmmaking, the California sunshine comes through on the screen. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 Cover art for 'The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood's Kings of Carnage' | Credit: Crown Many inside 20th Century Fox felt that Die Hard was a folly: a trashy run-and-gun action flick with a TV star. Clark Collis, EW.com, 25 May 2023 With its unprecedented over-the-shoulder camera perspective and focus on suplexes, knife attacks, and run-and-gun mechanics, Resident Evil 4 delivered a thrilling sense of immediacy and tension, while its dynamic enemy AI and inventive weapons kept players on the edge of their seats. Brittany Vincent, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2023 Tony Bennett’s Virginia team seems like the ideal group to slow down a run-and-gun team like Alabama, but first the Cavaliers have to get past the first round, which is never a certainty. Noah Trister, ajc, 13 Mar. 2023 In the game, Joel and Ellie are fleeing from inside the hospital; the attackers have come in swarms—maybe 20 total—and Joel and Ellie must run-and-gun their way out. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of run-and-gun was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Run-and-gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-and-gun. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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