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smoking gun

noun
1.
indisputable proof or evidence of a crime.
Origin of smoking gun
1970-1975
1970-75
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Examples from the Web for smoking gun
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  • They hurried down to the water and they found Mr. Waterman and Pierre there, the latter with a smoking gun in his hand.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • Rathburn slipped his smoking gun into his holster and mounted noiselessly.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Brennan was upon one knee near the central window, a smoking gun in his hand, a red welt showing ghastly across his cheek.

    My Lady of the North Randall Parrish
  • He had the smoking gun in his hands, for he hadn't the wit to get rid of it.

    An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
  • With a proud smile the old woman stood the smoking gun against the wall and straightened her cap.

    The Backwoodsmen Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for smoking gun

smoking gun

noun
1.
a piece of irrefutable incriminating evidence
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Slang definitions & phrases for smoking gun

smokin'

adjective

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.
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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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