submachine gun


sub·​ma·​chine gun ˌsəb-mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən How to pronounce submachine gun (audio)
: 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 Saturday’s theft was reminiscent of a 2017 incident in which 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, 21 Feb. 2021 My body hears perfect and morphs into a pink submachine gun. Melania Luisa Marte,, 14 June 2023 There was a troubling symmetry: Public Enemy’s logo of a black man in a rifle sight on one side, and the JDO’s logo of a machine gun in a Star of David on the other; and the chic allure of Uzi submachine guns on both. John Leland, SPIN, 25 Feb. 2023 Johnson and Drazan both support gun owner rights and Johnson is a firearms collector who owns a submachine gun. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 These courses, given on occasional Sundays, include practice with Uzi submachine guns. John Leland, SPIN, 25 Feb. 2023 George Stevens, the Hollywood film director, took his United States Army Signal Corps crew to Chartres but used his personal camera to capture her, with a slight smile, and a submachine gun slung over her right shoulder. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2023 Investigators seized several guns, including a Glock 19, Masterpiece Arms submachine gun, Archangel AR-15, Rockland Island revolver model 206, Glock 26, SCCY 9MM, and an Umarex pellet gun, police said. Travis Andersen,, 27 Feb. 2023 First, a caveat: An original MAC-10 – the Military Armament Corporation Model 10 – is typically a fully automatic submachine gun. Emily Smith, CNN, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of submachine gun was in 1920

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“Submachine gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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submachine gun

sub·​ma·​chine gun ˌsəb-mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən How to pronounce submachine gun (audio)
: a lightweight automatic portable firearm

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