American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person; a fellow: That son of a gun knows how to sell cars and sell them well.
- n. A rascal; a scamp: That son of gun is always playing practical jokes.
- interj. Used to express annoyance, disappointment, or surprise.
- n. euphemistic son of a bitch
- The U.S. Navy publication Nomenclature of Ships (John Snelling, 1981) describes the origin of this phrase as follows: (Wiktionary)
“The son of a gun lifts it twelve times, and a huge grin rushes across his beet-red face.”
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expostulations which originated as euphemisms for a stronger, socially unsanctioned, word or expression
Ahh, euphemisms. Every schoolkid's favorite pastime. They sound so naughty, but you can't really get in trouble for using them, can you?
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