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Gun phrases.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Working Man, Apr 19, 2006.

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  1. Working Man

    Working Man Member

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    There is a lot of phrases out there that involve words related to guns and
    shooting but where guns have nothing to do with the actual meaning of the
    statement.

    A person could get chewed out by their SO for something and say, she let
    me have it with "both barrels".

    I have heard civil disputes where the first side to get a lawyer is often
    referred to as "bringing out the big guns".

    What other such terms have you heard or even used that follows such
    wording?
     
  2. crazed_ss

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    "Half cocked" .. used when someone doesnt do something 100%
     
  3. griz

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    Lock, stock, and barrel
     
  4. critter

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    Lock stock and barrel.
    Firing off a letter.
    Hot as a $2 pistol.
    Pistol packing mama.
    Using a shotgun approach (as to cover all bases).
    Pulling the trigger (as when actually making a deal).
    Colt 45 (a bubbly drink!)
    Bullet shaped (to indicate being streamlined).
    Loaded (a full magazine OR too much bubbly!)
    Shooting (as in a basketball)
     
  5. Stickjockey

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    Ramrod straight

    Straight shooter (one who tells it like it is)

    on target
     
  6. Medusa

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    going ballistic, ie going mad.
     
  7. Biker

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    Shootin' from the hip.
    Open sights as in "I can spot a drunk blonde at 100 yards over open sights".

    Biker
     
  8. Bwana John

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    "The Full Nine Yards"

    In referance to the lenght of the belt for an M-2, aircraft mounted, .50 BMG during WW2.


    "A Green Horn"

    Someone who has not had enough time in the woods for his powder horn to cure.
     
  9. Darth Ruger

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    "He's just a flash in the pan."
    Said of someone who's all talk and no action, refers to a flintlock that misfires.
     
  10. MS .45

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    Hotter than a two dollar pistol.
     
  11. nomadboi

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    Bite the bullet
    Jump the gun
    Faster than a speeding bullet

    RE: Whole 9 yards... I had heard that was in reference to the Scottish great kilt, which is basically a 9 yard long piece of fabric...
     
  12. Frandy

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    Keep your powder dry
    point and shoot
    son of a gun
    gun moll
    smoking gun
    Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me. :evil:
     
  13. dmallind

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    How about gun shy?
    Gunning the engine?
    rifling through drawers (OK that's probably a corruption of "riffling" but hey)
    shotgun house
    shotgun wedding (probably because of that gun in the pocket Fran was mentioning :evil: )
     
  14. Steve F

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    Shotgun Wedding:what:Opps,I see that was taken already,my bad:)
     
  15. Bwana John

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    I think you will find a winter weight scottish kilt has 12 or 14 yards of material.
     
  16. nomadboi

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    Shooting blanks, as in after having a little operation to make sure you don't have to raise more kids, for example.

    Caliber- has several meanings now.

    Show of your 'guns' with a tight, sleeveless shirt and flexed arms.
     
  17. Smurfslayer

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    Under the gun
    In the crosshairs
    Drop the hammer
    The smoking gun
     
  18. Clipper

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    Sorta gun-type expression...

    ...Hoist on one's own Petard (I've always loved that expression, especially since I discovered it's origins).
     
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    I didn't know what a petard was, so I did a Wiki:

    A petard was a medieval term for a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications.

    Also: a petard was a 19th Century animal trap, consisting of a rope and a bent branch that caught the desired beast by one leg as it stepped into a loop in the rope and pulled it up into the air.
     
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    Petards...

    ...And when the fuse would burn too fast, it was called hoisting, thus the petardier was 'hoist on his own petard' OUCH!... :eek:
     
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    Riding shotgun, of course, which I assume is from stagecoaches, when a second guy with a coach gun, not handling the horses' reins, sat up on the driver's seat?

    And "A shot in the dark" for something attempted or thrown out or at random.
     
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    Gunster
     
  23. Dragun

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    i shot my wad (spent all my money or threw all in).
     
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    Ive heard shot my wad, but in a different text than dragun, i wont ellaborate:D
    on target.
    shotgun a beer
    lock and load.. (get ready)
     
  25. Dave R

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    Keep your powder dry...
     
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