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under the gun

under the gun

Date: Mar 20 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I have had to announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am in fact pregnant.”

- Singer Lisa Marie Presley on being forced to reveal her secret. (MySpace)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

pressured, forced to rush

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

If you really want someone to hurry up and get something done, pointing a gun at him or her couldn’t hurt. It is, of course, illegal and immoral to do so, but, hey, sometimes you’re in a hurry!

Since pointing guns at people tends to create problems, it’s better to point metaphorical guns. Employers and teachers give people deadlines to make sure they get their work done on time. If you have to get something done quickly or people are going to be mad at you, you’re working under the gun.

You can also use under the gun when you’re talking about pressure in general. Lisa Marie Presley has appeared a little larger than normal lately. So the press started writing mean things about her. The truth is she’s pregnant but didn’t want anyone to know. But she found herself under the gun to say something since everyone was talking about her appearance.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“The company is need of new clients so I’m under the gun to get this deal finished.”

“We’re under the gun to get this weapon developed before our enemies do.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

MissROSY it means someone's being forced to do something or to reveal something,to do something under pressure.
by MissROSY
I think that "under the gun" means under pression
by Alex Bezerril Toledo
under pressure
by patricia_divina_velasquez
ssabi to be under pressure
by ssabi
to be forced to do something which you don't want to do
by Lady In Black
alogigi doing something under some kinda of pressure
by alogigi
dizzygirl under great pressure
by dizzygirl
kiojohn under a lot of presure, and forced to do something who don t want to.
by kiojohn
bskyjolin i guess she is forced by some pressure to say her secret.
by bskyjolin
she has been compelled to do that under pressure
by Ala'a hamadeh
birsencan doing something by force..
by birsencan
Turmeric to say or do something unwillingly, under the pressure.
by Turmeric
tedebear maybe it means under the situation that she has been threatened or forced...
by tedebear
Sweet_Liza To be forced to do or say something.
by Sweet_Liza
under pressure
by if_i_refuse
Macaronica you do smth under the gun if you have no wish at all to do it, but you're compelled, forced, obliged by someone or some circumstance.
by Macaronica
amado forced, been made to be
by amado
fujico885 under the gun means under pressure
by fujico885
evenklm have to,or,someone to make a decision while he do not want to do this,I guess.
by evenklm
lzha80 Under great pressure or under threat.
by lzha80
Juliny be pressured to do something that you don't want to.
by Juliny
nad1a compelled to do something under pressure
by nad1a
under great pressure or force to do something
by kaushalyats
vigoss I think it is mean - under compulsion, necessary
by vigoss

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 the exams have been over so i dont need to study under the gun any more!!

01:53 PM Aug 24 2013 |



i am under the gun to improve my english because i am expected to write a lot of report/document in english

07:42 AM Jun 28 2013 |




under pressure: we must chose a way in many ways in life in some of the selection ways we have uncomplete information in those condition we dont know what ways is good

for example: chaose a uni or job or…

in this condition i suggest consilotion- sleep on ways

have a best way 

10:21 AM Nov 29 2012 |




Customers   makes  me under the gun whne they talked too much to get the materilas with cheap Cost

03:18 AM Aug 25 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

under too much pressure

06:19 PM Dec 27 2009 |




I'm under the gun when I've overslept!

When I watch a clock I feel like the world end, and I rush if it kills me!

10:38 AM Nov 23 2009 |



I’m always under the gun when the exam is just around the coner.

04:10 AM Aug 22 2008 |



Forcibly u r going to say or do something which u don’t want to do that is Under the gUn.

11:32 AM May 01 2008 |


Hong Kong

I’m under Mr.Someone’s gun for rushing a board for his talk.

12:38 AM Apr 04 2008 |



Sri Lanka

under pressure

01:39 PM Mar 27 2008 |




I’m under the gun everyday….kill me plz~~

02:57 PM Mar 25 2008 |



South Korea

I’m under the gun to prepare alternative school opening.

04:16 AM Mar 24 2008 |



United Arab Emirates

any good heart only
plz send send shiyaskh2002@yahoo.com

07:53 PM Mar 23 2008 |



I am under the gun to find new clients~

02:02 PM Mar 23 2008 |

mohamed moustafa


it means working under unusual coditions

01:57 PM Mar 22 2008 |



Syrian Arab Republic

if i have to work under the gun ;my results get better..

08:03 PM Mar 21 2008 |




I am under the gun to start my projects soon. So, now I have to go. :)^^

11:57 AM Mar 21 2008 |




hahaha….so have any of you done any thing under the gun.
uhhh….tell me under the gun..hurry

03:44 PM Mar 20 2008 |



under the gun means under pressure

12:53 PM Mar 20 2008 |




be unwilling to obey something you don’t want to

08:55 AM Mar 20 2008 |

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