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 Less well-known is the fact that Johnson owns a Cold War-era submachine gun. oregonlive, 31 May 2022 Rye testified on Tuesday, revealing agonizing details of how the British ISIS members had stuck him in the ribs 25 times on his 25th birthday, hanged him by his hands and jammed the barrel of an MP5 submachine gun in his mouth. Byjames Gordon Meek, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 The lawsuit posited that the two officers were wounded when the submachine gun went off by accident and that Franklin was killed not in self-defense but to cover up the fiasco. Karl Vick, Time, 7 Oct. 2021 As the five officers told it, Franklin overpowered three of them and gained control of a police submachine gun, wounding the two cops. Karl Vick, Time, 7 Oct. 2021 In a separate incident, he was also arrested last month when L.A. police officers allegedly saw a submachine gun in his car. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 6 Oct. 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. Fox News, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of submachine gun

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of submachine gun was in 1920

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12 Jun 2022

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“Submachine gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submachine%20gun. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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