Shotgun-house meaning

A house whose architecture is characterized by several rooms joined in a straight line from the front to the back.
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A narrow shack with a door at each end, common in the Southern United States from the end of the Civil War until the 1920s.
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Origin of shotgun-house

  • From the fact that the shot from a shotgun fired through the front door could go out the back door without encountering any intervening obstacles
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition