gun for

gun for
phrasal
1. : to seek with determination the opportunity to catch (as a burglar) or bring to ruin or defeat (as an enemy)

a malcontent gunning for his superior officer

2. : to turn all one's energy or efforts to acquire (as a position)

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pursue or act against (someone) with hostility

the Republican candidate was gunning for his rival over campaign finances

seek out or strive for (something) determinedly

he had been gunning for a place in the squad

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gun for [phrasal verb]
1 gun for (something) : to try to get or achieve (something) in a very determined way

The team is gunning for its third straight championship this year.

That guy is gunning for my job.

2 gun for (someone) : to try to hurt or defeat (someone)

Her political enemies will be gunning for her if she runs for reelection.

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Main Entry:gun

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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