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gun

2 verb
     
gun2 past tense and past participle gunned, present participle gunning
1

be gunning for somebody

informal to be trying to find an opportunity to criticize or harm someone:
Why is he gunning for me?
2

be gunning for something

informal to be trying very hard to obtain something:
He's gunning for your job.
3 [transitive] American English informalTTC to make the engine of a car go very fast by pressing the accelerator very hard

gun somebody ↔ down

phrasal verb
to shoot someone and badly injure or kill them, especially someone who cannot defend themselves:
A policeman was gunned down as he left his house this morning.

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