What does smoking gun mean?

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  1. smoking gun(noun)

    indisputable evidence (especially of a crime)


  1. smoking gun(n.)

    Incontrovertible evidence; convincing evidence.

    Etymology: [from imagined situations where a person holding a pistol, still smoking from having been fired, is found standing over a dead person]


  1. smoking gun(Noun)

    Evidence, particularly of a crime, that is difficult or impossible to dispute.


  1. Smoking gun

    The term "smoking gun" was originally, and is still primarily, a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. In addition to this, its meaning has evolved in uses completely unrelated to criminal activity: for example, scientific evidence that is highly suggestive in favor of a particular hypothesis is sometimes called smoking gun evidence. Its name originally came from the idea of finding a smoking gun on the person of a suspect wanted for shooting someone, which in that situation would be nearly unshakable proof of having committed the crime. A piece of evidence that falls just short of being conclusive is sometimes referred to as a "smoldering gun."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smoking gun in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smoking gun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of smoking gun in a Sentence

  1. Whoopi Goldberg:

    I think people thought there was going to be like a smoking gun here, did we miss something ?

  2. Peter Schweizer:

    The smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior, most people that engage in criminal insider trading don't send an email and say, 'I've got inside information -- buy this stock.'.

  3. Ian MacKay:

    Even then there may not be any single 'smoking gun'.

  4. Kate Wynne:

    So far there is no' smoking gun' in this environmental mystery.

  5. Brent Bozell:

    This video is the smoking gun. Google’s leadership is decidedly anti-Trump and there is no doubt that their company practices reflect that, we need hearings now. Google cannot continue to run and hide.

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