submachine gun
machine gun machine gun n. A fully automatic rapid-firing rifle, which continues to fire bullets repeatedly as long as the trigger is depressed; lighter versions may be carried in the hands, and heavier versions may be mounted on a tripod, vehicle, or other mount. The lighweight versions are sometimes called a {submachine gun}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • submachine gun — /sub meuh sheen / a lightweight automatic or semiautomatic gun, fired from the shoulder or hip. [1915 20; SUB + MACHINE GUN] * * * Lightweight automatic small arms weapon chambered for relatively low energy pistol cartridges and fired from the… …   Universalium

  • submachine gun — UK [ˌsʌbməˈʃiːn ˌɡʌn] / US [ˌsʌbməˈʃɪn ˌɡʌn] noun [countable] Word forms submachine gun : singular submachine gun plural submachine guns a light machine gun that you hold against your hip or your shoulder when shooting …   English dictionary

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  • submachine gun — noun A type of short range machine gun that is carried as a personal weapon and uses pistol ammunition. Bare chested children and their parents gathered in doorways, on roofs and in windows as he passed, watched warily by Brazilian troops… …   Wiktionary

  • submachine gun — sub|ma|chine gun [ˌsʌbməˈʃi:n gʌn] n a type of ↑machine gun that is light and easily moved …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • submachine gun — sub|ma|chine gun [ ,sʌbmə ʃin ,gʌn ] noun count a light MACHINE GUN that you hold against your HIP or your shoulder when shooting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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