shooting gallery


Definition of shooting gallery

1 : a usually covered range equipped with targets for practice with firearms
2 slang : a place where one can obtain narcotics and shoot up

Examples of shooting gallery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twelve thousand years ago is nothing in cosmic time and the solar system remains a shooting gallery of comets, asteroids and other ordnance. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 3 Nov. 2021 In wartime, the Black Sea could become a shooting gallery. David Axe, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The first buildings were fully functional businesses, including a motel, an ice cream parlor, a shooting gallery and the Red Dog Saloon, according to Pioneertown’s website. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The bowling alley was used as a shooting gallery when the building housed a sporting goods store. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2021 The farm’s weekend Harvest Festival include a U-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, nature trail, corn hole toss, bounce house and a paintball shooting gallery. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 Park admission also includes an 18-hole miniature golf course, arcade with video games and skeeball, a shooting gallery and horseshoes. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2021 Rapids goalkeeper William Yarbrough was on the wrong end of an FCC shooting gallery, and all of Cincinnati's biggest and newest stars took part. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 21 June 2021 Family members and attendees say the party for the nephew of the homeowner turned into a shooting gallery. CBS News, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of shooting gallery

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shooting gallery was in 1836

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15 Nov 2021

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“Shooting gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shooting gallery

: a place where people shoot guns at objects for practice or to win prizes


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