Definition of son of a gun noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    son of a gun

    ; NAmE
    (pl. sons of guns) (North American English, informal)
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  1. 1a person or thing that you are annoyed with My car's at the shop—the son of a gun broke down again.
  2. 2used to express the fact that you are surprised or annoyed Well, son of a gun—and I thought the old guy couldn't dance!
  3. 3(old-fashioned) used by a man to address or talk about a male friend that he admires and likes Frank, you old son of a gun—I haven't seen you for months.
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