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shooting gallery

noun
1.
a place equipped with targets and used for practice in shooting.
2.
Slang. a place where drug addicts can buy and inject themselves with narcotic drugs.
Origin of shooting gallery
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • Harry said, The cavalry will dismount; youre all court-martialed and ordered to be shot at sunrise in the shooting gallery.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • And after a while they were on the great steps leading to the shooting gallery.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I'm darned if I like to be the target at a shooting gallery.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
  • It wakes Mr. George of the shooting gallery and his familiar.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • Left to themselves, the four young Rovers visited the railroad station and then drifted into the shooting gallery.

  • But he whistles that off like the rest of it and marches home to the shooting gallery.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • He went to a shooting gallery, and with his left arm learned how to hold a rifle and aim it.

    Golden Lads Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
  • I had spent scores of hours at a shooting gallery in St. Louis.

  • The prince was as calm as if he were in a shooting gallery, and kept his pistol lowered.

    Artist and Model Ren de Pont-Jest
  • For some moments they silently picked them off, like men breaking pipes in a shooting gallery.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for shooting gallery

shooting gallery

noun
1.
an area, often enclosed, designed for target practice, shooting, etc
2.
(slang) a house where heroin addicts inject themselves
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooting gallery

shoot from the hip

verb phrase

To act or respond impulsively and aggressively; be recklessly impetuous; have a short fuse: A politician should seldom shoot from the hip

[1970s+; fr the image of a gunfighter who fires his weapon without aiming, as just drawn from the holster]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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