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 From a luxury spa and a Japanese steakhouse grill to arcade games and a sound-proof shooting gallery, Casteel Creek truly has something for everyone. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Tour a $78M mountain retreat with its own climbing wall (video)," 8 Oct. 2020 Mike Brunson runs the ranch alongside Lynn Brunson and has constructed and designed newer areas of the ranch including a hamster-wheel style play area, a gaga ball pit, a paintball shooting gallery and mini-golf. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Oil Ranch provides fun away from the city for northwest Houston residents," 28 Oct. 2019 The public daylong celebration included activities that included rubber band shooting gallery, a crayon-coloring station and living history demonstrations. Vincent T. Davis,, "The Alamo celebrates Davy Crockett’s 233rd birthday anniversary," 17 Aug. 2019 All ages can try a variety of carnival games, including Kiddieland Kats, ring toss, go fish, shooting gallery, football frenzy, and more. Myrna Petlicki,, "Elmhurst Family Fun Fair offers amusement park theme," 28 June 2019 The organization operates a museum, circus sideshow and shooting gallery whose proceeds help fund the $200,000 parade along with support from the city and sponsors. Scottie Andrew And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Mermaids are taking over New York this weekend. Here's why," 22 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of shooting gallery

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Oct 2020

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“Shooting gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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shooting gallery


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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