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son of a gun

noun, plural sons of guns. Slang.
1.
rogue; rascal; scoundrel:
That son of a gun still owes me $20.
2.
a tiresome or disagreeable matter, chore, etc.
3.
(used as an affectionate greeting, term of address, etc.):
Charlie Humpelmeyer, you old son of a gun, how are you?
4.
(used as an exclamation of irritation, surprise, dismay, etc.).
Origin
British argot
1700-1710
1700-10; perhaps orig. the illegitimate offspring of a soldier, though later influenced by British argot gun thief; cf. gun moll
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son of a gun

noun (pl) sons of guns
1.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a rogue or rascal: used as a jocular form of address
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song

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