Son-of-a-gun meaning

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A person; a fellow.

That son of a gun knows how to sell cars and sell them well.

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(euphemistic) Son of a bitch.
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A rascal; a scamp.

That son of gun is always playing practical jokes.

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Son of a gun is defined as an expression of surprise, disappointment or frustration.

An example of when you might say "son of a gun" is when your dog surprises you by actually listening to a command he's ignored before.

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Used to express annoyance, disappointment, or surprise.
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A euphemistic alteration of son of a bitch.
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Origin of son-of-a-gun

  • The U.S. Navy publication Nomenclature of Ships (John Snelling, 1981) describes the origin of this phrase as follows:

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