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submachine gun

[suhb-muh-sheen] /ˌsʌb məˈʃin/
noun
1.
a lightweight automatic or semiautomatic gun, fired from the shoulder or hip.
Origin of submachine gun
1915-1920
1915-20; sub- + machine gun
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  • In a deft move the sub-machine gun's sling slipped from the desert man's shoulder and the short, vicious gun was in hand.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Each gripped a sub-machine gun in his hands and blazed away at the coasting Vultee!

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The sub-machine gun was unhandy for accurate single shots, and no pistol can be used to effect at long ranges.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The soldier was holding a sub-machine gun in the crook of one arm, and patting it affectionately with his hand.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • He discarded the sub-machine gun with its explosive shells for the automatics.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • And each fighting man within eyesight noted that it was not a rifle slung over the shoulder of Abd-el-Kader but a sub-machine gun.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Everyone was far more interested in the black Thompson sub-machine gun he held cradled over one arm.

  • Then he made it true: rifles handy, a sub-machine gun, grenades, gas masks.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • His other hand chopped down on the sub-machine gun and yanked it from the falling German's hands.

  • Clutching the sub-machine gun, he ran body well bent forward and low to the ground.

Word Origin and History for sub-machine gun
n.

"light, portable machine gun," 1926, from sub- + machine gun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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