shotgun
I. noun Date: 1776 1. a smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges 2. an offensive football formation in which the quarterback plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and the other backs are scattered as flankers or slotbacks • shotgun transitive verbshotgunner noun II. adjective Date: 1892 1. of, relating to, or using a shotgun 2. involving coercion 3. covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness

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