How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.
Lauren Ashburn on why the restrained style of TV journalists is inappropriate when dozens of schoolchildren are gunned down.
Since the burning of the Qurans, six U.S. servicemen have been gunned down by their Afghan allies.
Fourteen years after Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down, his death remains a mystery.
Certainly not for the families of the 20 children who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago.
Circling, Lardner gunned the motors again and roared in straight over the strip of frozen ice.
He gunned the engine, ready to kick in the gears, and looked at them irritatedly.
It came, and they gunned their engines together and went rocketing forward.
Rick gunned the tail around and rolled to the parking place.
Major Udovichenko shouted orders into his microphone and gunned his own motor into life again.
mid-14c., gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other missiles," probably a shortening of woman's name Gunilda, found in Middle English gonnilde "cannon" and in an Anglo-Latin reference to a specific gun from a 1330 munitions inventory of Windsor Castle ("...una magna balista de cornu quae Domina Gunilda ..."), from Old Norse Gunnhildr, woman's name, from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war, battle." First element from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane); for second, cf. Hilda.
The identification of women with powerful weapons is common historically (cf. Big Bertha, Brown Bess, Mons Meg, etc.); meaning shifted with technology, from cannons to firearms as they developed 15c. Great guns (cannon, etc.) distinguished from small guns (such as muskets) from c.1400. Applied to pistols and revolvers after 1744. Meaning "thief, rascal" is from 1858. Son of a gun is originally nautical. To jump the gun (1912, American English) is from track and field. Guns "a woman's breasts" (especially if prominent) attested by 2006.
"to shoot with a gun," 1620s, from gun (n.); the sense of "to accelerate an engine" is from 1930, from earlier phrase to give (something) the gun. Related: Gunned; gunning.
(also gon) A professional thief, esp a pickpocket
[1858+; fr Yiddish gonif]