Definition of call shotgun in US English:

call shotgun

phrase

North American
informal
  • Claim the right to sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on a particular journey.

    ‘my girlfriend called shotgun, so I sat in the back seat’
    • ‘I call shotgun: Kiri usually claims the best spot at the front of the sidecar, leaving Mari and Hine to perch behind.’
    • ‘Janet remembers when the rules were simple: windows down and radio up, everyone chipped in for gas and shotgun went to whoever called it first.’
    • ‘Significant others of the driver or other people related (non-siblings) to the driver need not call shotgun.’
    • ‘None of your passengers will be calling shotgun, and you might make a habit of letting friends drive, so you can lounge in back.’
    • ‘Rocky called shotgun so I got in the back.’
    • ‘If that politician ever asks to go for a ride, call shotgun.’
    • ‘Adults can fit in the cheap seats way out back, but the tallest ones will want to call shotgun on long trips.’