Definition of tommy gun in English:

tommy gun

noun

informal
  • A type of submachine gun.

    • ‘Within pages, we've shifted gear from existential drama to gunplay complete with tommy guns and a truly horrible scene that leaves Amy literally scarred for life.’
    • ‘I did like the shoot out outside of the pub, the muzzle flashes of the tommy gun in the darkness at the end of the street, as the bodyguards are mowed down in slow-motion in the rain.’
    • ‘As he travels farther along, he'll also manage to acquire pistols, tommy guns, grenades and other weapons.’
    • ‘In one of the film's most famous scenes, Camonte secures a tommy gun from a now dead, would-be assassin and, with the joy and fascination of a child at Christmas, tries out his new toy.’
    • ‘They also looted property totalling 5.4 million yuan, five taxis, two tommy guns and 20 bullets.’
    • ‘Prodded in the ribs by the tommy guns of their guardians, he and his men began to move.’
    • ‘Meanwhile our heroes have a couple of handguns and a tommy gun.’
    • ‘This heavily furnished, tightly buttoned film has all the familiar tommy guns, antique automobiles, snap brim hats and heavy suits, but it's very unusual.’
    • ‘Then, another time a bullet shot the tommy gun right out of my hands - it hit the wooden stock.’
    • ‘Capone's usual partner was Jack McGurn, a sleek, handsome virtuoso of the tommy gun, architect of the St. Valentine's Day shootings.’
    • ‘This dapper crew, decked out with pristine suits, scrawny moustaches and tommy guns, is brilliantly cast.’
    • ‘Its most famous shark hunter was writer Ernest Hemingway, who boasted about shooting sharks with a tommy gun from the dockside when he fished the area in the 1930s.’
    • ‘He's going to opium dens where he's part of a gang as a hired assassin who carries a tommy gun in a violin case.’
    • ‘Gangsters, pumped up with adrenaline, rake bank interiors and nearby storefronts with tommy guns.’

Origin

1920s: contraction of Thompson gun, named by its designer after John T. Thompson (1860–1940), the American army officer who conceived the idea for it.

Pronunciation

tommy gun

/ˈtɑmi ˌɡən//ˈtämē ˌɡən/