• 1A room or fairground booth used for recreational shooting at targets with guns or airguns.

    ‘they were picked off like plastic ducks in a shooting gallery’
    • ‘Y'know, I started small, working the shooting gallery circuit, moving up to some freelance decoy work.’
    • ‘Nothing, it seems, has escaped the bullets, including many religious statues peppered with holes like target figures in a fairground shooting gallery.’
    • ‘An ex-soldier, he now owns a shooting gallery and gym.’
    • ‘Some will say that he was firing willy-nilly, like a shooting gallery.’
    • ‘Now major, surprising revelations (some perhaps untrue) pop up fast as ducks in a shooting gallery, and the persons of the drama are as astonished and knocked sideways as the audience.’
    • ‘But maybe best of all is spotting a dirt clod or other sale target that looks suspiciously like a shooting gallery duck of old.’
    • ‘A shooting gallery lay in the back of the armory.’
    • ‘The film is a new twist on an old idea: a shooting gallery with a live human target.’
    • ‘I find that an unnerving reminder that we are floating around somewhere relative to nowhere in a cosmic shooting gallery.’
    • ‘The MPs call for a nationwide network of shooting galleries but the Home Office say the current policy is opposed to the move.’
    • ‘Conversely, the undefended pieces of your opponent are like targets in a shooting gallery.’
    • ‘The government had been bracing itself for a media firestorm, and had been prepared to rule out shooting galleries.’
    • ‘And every time I try to buy it, they tell me I have to go to the shooting gallery, which is where?’
    • ‘A merry-go round filled the piazza with its barrel-organ tunes, punctuated by the pop-pop of shooting galleries.’
    • ‘And the 140 ft shooting gallery is now a utilities corridor for the provision of water, gas and electricity.’
    • ‘An artist named El Perro (Spanish, I guess) has creating a shooting gallery with an air gun that points at a view of a street corner, with cars and people occasionally passing across the frame.’
    • ‘Compared to New York, in Puerto Rico there are more pay-to-enter shooting galleries, called shootings (pronounced ‘chutings’).’
    • ‘There was also trap shooting at clay pigeons and maybe even a shooting gallery below decks.’
    • ‘They're at a shooting gallery in Germany in the mid-'60s, where a camera is rigged to go off just before the gun does.’
    • ‘In the early years a number of businesses were opened including a baker and a clothing business run by a group of women, as well as a number of ale houses and even a shooting gallery.’
    1. 1.1North American informal A place used for taking drugs, especially injecting heroin.
      ‘he bought a speedball in a shooting gallery in a burned-out Lower East Side building’
      • ‘And then I started going into shooting galleries at that time, where people were injecting heroin, and to a lesser extent, cocaine in New York City.’
      • ‘In shooting galleries, drug users are able to illegally rent cubicles to inject drugs.’
      • ‘Without a consistent supply, there could be no crackhouses, opium dens, coffee houses or heroin shooting galleries.’
      • ‘He visits all the hot spots, including shooting galleries and crack houses.’
      • ‘Indeed, research shows that those who inject in shooting galleries tend to be at a higher risk of transmitting HIV than those who inject elsewhere.’
      • ‘One abandoned corner house was used as a drug shooting gallery.’
      • ‘The addicts gathered on the top floor landings of buildings, which we referred to as shooting galleries.’
      • ‘Despite recently being a diagnosed diabetic, she decided to prove herself by trawling the shooting galleries of New York, returning after ten days, sleep-deprived and unwashed.’
      • ‘The grim and filthy morphine shooting galleries in New York City of a century ago, though very true, were never much in the news.’
      • ‘Measures selected for our first analysis pertain to the question: ‘Among injecting drug users, who is more likely to inject in shooting galleries?’’
      • ‘Most shooting gallery users inject in several places, depending upon such factors as timing, convenience, availability, and where they obtain their drugs and works.’
      • ‘Although the HIV risk of this behavior is unspecified, traces of the HIV virus have been found in cookers, cotton, and water obtained from a shooting gallery in Miami.’
      • ‘Studies that have examined adult hard drug use as a function of environmental context generally examine city areas known for drug purchasing, such as shooting galleries.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the literature is contradictory in terms of predicting which persons among illicit drug users are more likely to inject in shooting galleries as compared to injecting alone or elsewhere.’


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