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smoking gun

indisputable proof or evidence of a crime.
Origin of smoking gun
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for smoking gun
  • The guess here is that minus any forthcoming smoking gun evidence, he will get in.
  • It even has action shots of code that it says are a smoking gun.
  • She intends this to be something of a bombshell: the smoking gun in the form of a spray nozzle, as it were.
  • In lieu of a smoking gun, a more complex picture of autism's environmental causes is now emerging.
  • It is not the smoking gun that one would prefer but it is a place to start.
  • Connect the rise of chemical use with the epidemics in autoimmune disease, and you already have a smoking gun.
  • Climate change is too complex a system to be able to abstract one factor and call it the smoking gun.
  • Insiders crow that the gumshoes found no smoking gun.
  • From the start the mortgage problem is not the only smoking gun.
  • But smoke and a gun are not the same as a smoking gun.
British Dictionary definitions for smoking gun

smoking gun

a piece of irrefutable incriminating evidence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for smoking gun



Attractive; good-looking; desirable; cool, hot: What's smokin' in collectibles? Tobacco jars!/ That is a smokin' car

[1980s+; a synonym of hot]

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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Idioms and Phrases with smoking gun

smoking gun

Something that serves as indisputable evidence or proof, especially of a crime. For example, There is no smoking gun in the Oval Office; the President had no role in tampering with the evidence. This expression alludes to the smoke coming from a recently discharged firearm, a normal occurrence until the invention of smokeless powder. [ Mid-1900s ]
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