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 In the basement, police said Franklyn broke away from an officer, grabbed a police submachine gun and shot two officers in the legs, MPD 150 reported. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "George Floyd killing latest in string of police actions to stoke public anger in Minnesota," 30 May 2020 Machine Guns Vegas’s website announces); an AK-47; several variants of the AR-15’s rapid-fire military cousin, the M4 carbine; and the infamous Israeli Uzi submachine gun. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Should Las Vegas’s machine-gun rental industry be the future liberals want for assault weapons?," 20 Apr. 2020 Prior to resigning as Village of Addyston police chief, Dorian LaCourse used his authority to acquire dozens of submachine guns with an arms dealer in Indiana, according to village documents. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Documents: Ex-police chief of Addyston used authority to acquire dozens of submachine guns," 4 Mar. 2020 One prominent Paraguayan journalist who covered the drug trade had equipped himself with a semiautomatic Browning handgun and only departed his bunker while accompanied with bodyguards armed with submachine guns. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "He showed me a lawless border town. Then masked gunmen killed him in front of his family.," 14 Feb. 2020 The Halle attacker had constructed an arsenal of improvised weapons, including a submachine gun and hand grenades. Rajan Basra, Time, "How the Synagogue Shooting in Germany Fits Into a Global Pattern of Far-Right Terrorism," 10 Oct. 2019 Police officers in riot gear and helmets prowl the lanes, some carrying submachine guns. New York Times, "As Protests Flare in India, Modi Plays a New Position: Defense," 24 Dec. 2019 Scores of police, some armed with submachine guns, ushered office workers and tourists out of the area packed with office buildings, banks, restaurants and bars. Anchorage Daily News, "2 killed in London stabbings; police fatally shoot suspect, had been jailed for terrorism crimes," 30 Nov. 2019 Researchers found German mines, hand grenade fragments, cartridge boxes, cartridges for Mauser 98 rifles and boxes for MG-34 submachine gun feed belts. Fox News, "Hitler's secret Nazi war machine revealed in hidden bases," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of submachine gun

1920, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2020

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“Submachine gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submachine%20gun. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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submachine gun

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English Language Learners Definition of submachine gun

: a small, light machine gun

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