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[gat] /gæt/
noun, Older Slang.
1.
a pistol or revolver.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; shortening of Gatling gun

gat3

[gat] /gæt/
noun
1.
a passage or channel that extends inland from a shore through shoals, cliffs, etc.
Origin
1715-25; < Old Norse gat hole, opening
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British Dictionary definitions for gats

gat1

/ɡæt/
verb
1.
(archaic) a past tense of get

gat2

/ɡæt/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) a pistol or revolver
Word Origin
C20: shortened from Gatling gun

gat3

/ɡæt/
noun
1.
a narrow channel of water
Word Origin
C18: probably from Old Norse gat passage; related to gate1
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Word Origin and History for gats

gat

n.

"revolver," 1904, slang shortening of Gatling (gun); by 1880, gatlin was slang for a gun of any sort.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gats

gat

noun

A pistol: poking his gat your way

[1904+ Underworld; probably fr Gatling gun]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for gats

Gat

oasis, southwestern Libya, near the Algerian border. Located on an ancient Saharan caravan route, it was a slave-trading centre and the object of European exploration in the 19th century. Ghat lies west of the Wadi Tanezzuft in hilly sandstone country, near the Jibal Mountains and the Tadrart plateau. A nearby offshoot of the mountains, Idinen, is a legendary fortress of ghosts. The town is walled and compact, with white houses, narrow alleyways, and covered arcades. It is inhabited by Tuareg peoples. Water, supplied by springs, is strictly controlled by customary law. Palm groves and gardens yielding cereals and vegetables lie outside the walls; livestock are grazed along the nearby wadis; and artisan industries produce rugs, baskets, and leather goods. Pop. (2003 est.) 22,800

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