son of a gun

noun phrase

ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən How to pronounce son of a gun (audio)
 as an interjection  ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən
plural sons of guns
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

That son of a gun never called me back. I had to bring the car to the shop. The son of a gun broke down again.
Recent Examples on the Web Say ‘bye’ to that old, bulky toolkit and ‘hello’ to this sleek son of a gun. Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of son of a gun was in 1708

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“Son of a gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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