son gun

son of a gun

noun, plural sons of guns. Slang.
rogue; rascal; scoundrel: That son of a gun still owes me $20.
a tiresome or disagreeable matter, chore, etc.
(used as an affectionate greeting, term of address, etc.): Charlie Humpelmeyer, you old son of a gun, how are you?
(used as an exclamation of irritation, surprise, dismay, etc.).

1700–10; perhaps orig. the illegitimate offspring of a soldier, though later influenced by British argot gun thief; cf. gun moll Unabridged
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son of a gun
n , pl sons of guns
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a rogue or rascal: used as a jocular form of address

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son of a gun definition

  1. n.
    a despicable person, usually a male. (Euphemistic for son of a bitch.) : If that son of a gun thinks he can boss me around like that, he's got another think coming.
  2. n.
    old buddy. : I went to school with this son of a gun! He's my old buddy.
  3. exclam.
    I am totally surprised!; I am shocked! (Usually Son of a gun!) : The thing just blew up! Son of a gun!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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