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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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  • Cardon's submachine-gun ceased firing, the action open on an empty clip.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • She walked behind him, down the slope toward the light, her submachine-gun at his back.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson

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