from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Gun.


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  • By dusk, the Turkish gunboats were driven back all the way down the coast to Ochakov, where they took shelter under the great guns mounted on the Turkish ramparts.

    John Paul Jones

  • Expended 2 cases of ammunition no. 7 & 20, fired salutes, exercised great guns and small arms.

    John Paul Jones

  • They were all going great guns and Destiny, with only the most rudimentary understanding of the scene, distilled an erotic compulsion that would have peeled the gloves off the hands of the dead child as easily as she filched them from his supersensitive father.

    Killer Dolphin

  • Setting an example himself, he twice gave orders to cease firing upon the REDOUTABLE, supposing that she had struck, because her great guns were silent; for as she carried no flag, there were no means of instantly ascertaining the fact.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Mrs. Roosevelt was still going great guns on the anti-poll tax bill.

    Oral History Interview with Virginia Foster Durr, March 13, 14, 15, 1975. Interview G-0023-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Suddenly the stillness was broken by the cannon from the vessels and the great guns from the Rip Raps, that filled the air with sulphurous smoke and a terrific noise that reverberated from the fortress and the opposite shore like thunder.

    The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • As the skirmishers neared the top of the hill, the French columns hard upon them, the great guns were withdrawn to avoid capture and General Crauford sat quietly on his horse outside the mill assessing the moment.

    Beyond the Sunrise


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