son of a gun

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noun \ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən; as an interjection ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən\

Definition of son of a gun

plural

sons of guns

  1. —usually used as a mild or euphemistic alternative to son of a bitch ; sometimes used interjectionally to express surprise or disappointment

Examples of son of a gun in a sentence

  1. That son of a gun never called me back.

  2. I had to bring the car to the shop. The son of a gun broke down again.

1708

First Known Use of son of a gun

1708


SON OF A GUN Defined for English Language Learners

son of a gun

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noun \ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən; as an interjection ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən\

Definition of son of a gun for English Language Learners

  • : a person (especially a man) or thing that you are annoyed with

  • —used by a man to address a male friend

  • —used to express mild surprise, disappointment, etc.

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