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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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  • Tom and I took a car—and a pistol apiece and a submachine gun—and went to get him.

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  • Over every couple of overseers there is a guard with a submachine gun.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • The non-com had a submachine gun, empty, with two loaded clips on his belt.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • "I'm going down after some grenades and a submachine gun," he hissed.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Oscar waited a second, and then pointed his submachine gun at the ceiling and hammered off the whole clip.

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  • From out of nowhere appeared one Secret Service man with a submachine gun.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • But he stayed on his belly just outside the door, remembering the submachine gun.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
  • Then a submachine gun chuckled crisply from Bennington's left.

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