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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