smoking gun


Definition of smoking gun 

: something that serves as conclusive evidence or proof (as of a crime or scientific theory)

Examples of smoking gun in a Sentence

This document is the smoking gun that proves that he was lying.

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Burning grass, smoking gun The prairie sometimes burns naturally, as lightning strikes can spark wildfires. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts," 25 July 2018 Turley blasts the media for promising for over a year bombshell, bombshell, bombshell, smoking gun. Fox News, "Hannity: President Trump is on a tear, enacting his agenda," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of smoking gun

1974, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smoking gun

: a piece of evidence that clearly proves who did something or shows how something happened

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