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

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And, by the absence of powered armor, makes the movie version of Starship Troopers a particularly pointless shooting gallery sort of exercise. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 Beer gardens, dance halls, dime museums and shooting galleries proliferated, and love, whatever your inclination, was for sale. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Devil’s Mile’ Review: Dance Halls, Derelicts and Condos," 24 Aug. 2018 Irate that injection drug users were turning BART station hallways into shooting galleries. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Voters tune out rather than turn out for tame San Francisco mayor’s race," 5 June 2018 Another setting shows the exterior of shooting gallery where heroin users might typically go to use. Maria Clark,, "Virtual reality could be a powerful tool to fight addiction, Tulane dean says," 24 Jan. 2018 Past events have included a squirt gun boat race, ghost bowling, pumpkin golf and a Nerf shooting gallery. Alaska Dispatch News, "Your guide to Halloween events around Anchorage this week," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of shooting gallery

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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