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

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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“Son of a gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/son%20of%20a%20gun. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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son of a gun

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English Language Learners Definition of son of a gun

US, informal
: a person (especially a man) or thing that you are annoyed with
old-fashioned used by a man to address a male friend
used to express mild surprise, disappointment, etc.

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