shooting gallery


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

Examples of shooting gallery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sprinkled across the map are shooting galleries, gliding challenges, treasure hunts, and other mini-games. PCMAG, 21 Mar. 2024 When these lawmakers declined to approve further aid to Ukraine starting in October—coincidentally, around the same time the Russians attacked Avdiivka—the guns the 110th Mechanized Brigade was counting on to turn Avdiivka’s flanks into a shooting gallery began to fall silent. David Axe, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 At a shooting gallery off one of the dining rooms, the couple paid 75 hryvnias — about $2 — so that Ms. Kerimova could shoot 10 plastic bullets at a paper target stamped with an image of Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 23 June 2023 Don’t overlook the shooting gallery in Frontierland or the carnival games at Pixar Pier in California Adventure. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Scoreless at halftime Nashville had itself quite a shooting gallery in the first half. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, all over London drugs gangs are strong arming pensioners out of their council flats and using them for flop houses and shooting galleries. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2023 Configured to mimic the feel and function of America’s most popular rifle—the AR 15—the M&P 15-22 Sport is a rifle that will help transform your range into a shooting gallery. Richard Mann, Outdoor Life, 27 Feb. 2023 The haunted mini-golf operation also includes a shooting gallery and an arcade. Ted O'Neil, Washington Examiner, 30 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Shooting gallery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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