tommy-gun

verb
tom·​my-gun | \ ˈtä-mē-ˌgən How to pronounce tommy-gun (audio) \
tommy-gunned; tommy-gunning; tommy-guns

Definition of tommy-gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shoot with a tommy gun

tommy gun

noun

Definition of tommy gun (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of tommy-gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first patrolman on scene, John Ferry, was firing shotgun rounds at the second-story window when backup arrived with tommy guns, revolvers and tear gas. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tommy-gun

Verb

1942, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tommy-gun

Noun

by shortening & alteration

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The first known use of tommy-gun was in 1929

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“Tommy-gun.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tommy%20gun. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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