Son of a gun

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Son of a gun a rogue, rascal
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gonne, from W. gwn, a bowl, a gun, acc. to Skeat.

Usage

In literature:

Here, Weston, you ugly thaife of a son of a gun, come here!
"The Ghost Ship" by John C. Hutcheson
Misther `Old-son-of-a-gun' is moighty bad this morning, too, and the skipper think's he's a going too, by the same token!
"On Board the Esmeralda" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The highest prize, a good gun, presented by Mr Ross for archery, was won by a son of Mamanowatum, "Big Tom," and richly did he deserve it.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
I'm your master's son, and if I'd a horsewhip here instead of this gun, I'd lay it across your back.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
The Chauffeur was a son-of-a-gun.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London
He'll fight with guns and I'll kill the son of a dog.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
A stroll to view the sunset had been arranged by the young people up what was known as Son-of-a-Gun Hill.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
If ever I get a dollar ahead to pay my fine, I'm going to work that son-of-a-gun over.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
I've worked like a son-of-a-gun too, but luck has always been against me.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
An' on top of that I mosey along, with a reputation as a no-good son-of-a-gun, an' scare the wits out of her with my homely mug.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In poetry:

No tawny chieftain's swarthy son,
Was ever fonder of the chase,
Than I was of my trusty gun,
Although I had a paler face.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
"I'm a damned good bronk buster
And a ropin' son-of-a-gun;
It's many an outlaw I've ridden,
And it's many a dollar I've won.
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher
When you go out to hunt, my son
Prepare to circumvent your gun
And on your shoulder firmly bind
A pillow of the largest kind.
"The Hunter" by Ellis Parker Butler
He had a father brave enough to stand
Before the fire of Treason's blazing gun,
That, dying, he might will the rich old land
Of Freedom to his son.
"The Silent Victors" by James Whitcomb Riley
They point the moral, they tell the tale,
And the old world wags its head:
"If a Fool hath treasure, and Might prevail,
Then the Fool must die," 'tis said.
And the end of it all is a broken gun
And the heritage gleaned by a hapless son.
"Son of a Fool" by C J Dennis
I’m a son of a, son of a, son of a, son of a gun for beer.
I’m a son of a, son of a, son of a, son of a gun for beer,
Like ev’ry honest fellow I like my whiskey clear.
For I’m a student of Old Dartmouth
and a son of a gun for beer.
"A Son Of A Gun" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

A Casper man has changed his plea in a case where he's accused of pointing a gun at his son-in-law.
'Jerusalem' book signings, Son of a Gun cocktails, Wine Riot.
Ewan McGregor to star in ' Son of a Gun '.
Smoked mahi fish dip at Son of a Gun .
Son of a Gun 's Uni and Burrata.
Food & Wine Exclusive: Animal's New Restaurant Son of a Gun .
It will be called Son of a Gun (cute story involving gun racks and prostitutes).
'Handsome Son of a Gun '.
Son of a Gun , a contemporary folk rock musical previously developed with the O'Neill Theater Center, Joe's Pub and The Drama League, will make its Off-Broadway debut Nov 1 at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row.
EAST LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP — A Mercer County man shot and killed his 7-year-old son in what police say was an accident in the parking lot of an East Lackawannock Township gun store.
After the murder of his son, Tom Mauser became a gun-control activist.
As FX's "Sons of Anarchy" roars towards the Nov 29 conclusion of its fourth season and guns its engine for a fifth year, the outlaw biker drama stands out as one of the most music-driven skeins on TV.
(AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a police officer in Washington state who was charged with manslaughter after his 3-year-old son shot and killed one of the officer's other children after finding a gun in the family van.
A mistrial has been declared in the case of a police officer in Washington state who was charged with manslaughter after his 3-year-old son shot and killed one of the officer's other children after finding a gun in the family van.
A Harlingen woman turned to Action 4 News after an alleged beating at the hands of a police officer 's son who may have used his father's gun.
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