submachine gun

noun
sub·​ma·​chine gun | \ ˌsəb-mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən How to pronounce submachine gun (audio) \

Definition of submachine gun

: a portable automatic firearm that uses pistol-type ammunition and is fired from the shoulder or hip

Examples of submachine gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The police also seized 16 pistols, six rifles, a submachine gun, 12 grenades and a shotgun. Fox News, 7 May 2021 The police also seized 16 pistols, six rifles, a submachine gun, 12 grenades and a shotgun. Fox News, 7 May 2021 The police also seized 16 pistols, six rifles, a submachine gun, 12 grenades and a shotgun. Fox News, 7 May 2021 The police also seized 16 pistols, six rifles, a submachine gun, 12 grenades and a shotgun. Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Reuters reported that Tha Peng was assigned to a protest in the town of Khampat late last month and was instructed to use his submachine gun on protesters. Fox News, 10 Mar. 2021 The burglary was similar to a 2017 incident when a submachine gun and a bulletproof vest were stolen from a special agent’s vehicle in the Concord-Orinda-Lafayette area. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2021 And in an October a far-right terrorist in Halle, Germany used a homemade submachine gun to kill two people after a failed attempt at a synagogue mass shooting. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 4 Nov. 2020 The man, carrying a submachine gun, was a sergeant in the Royal Netherlands Army, the Dutch queen’s local representative. oregonlive, 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of submachine gun

1920, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2021

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“Submachine gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submachine%20gun. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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submachine gun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of submachine gun

: a small, light machine gun

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