son of a gun

noun phrase
\ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən; as an interjection ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən\
plural sons of guns

Definition of son of a gun 

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.

First Known Use of son of a gun

1708, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of son of a gun

: 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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