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Thompson submachine gun

noun
1.
a portable, .45-caliber, automatic weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder or hip.
Also called Tommy gun.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; named after J. T. Thompson (1860-1940), American army officer who aided in its invention
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