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Thompson submachine gun

A .45-caliber submachine gun having a wooden stock and a box or drum magazine.

[After John Taliaferro Thompson (1860-1940), American army officer.]

Thomp′son submachine′ gun`

a.45-caliber automatic weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder or hip.
Also called Tommy gun.
[1920–25; after John T. Thompson (1860–1940), American army officer who aided in its invention]
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Noun1.Thompson submachine gun - a .45-caliber submachine gunThompson submachine gun - a .45-caliber submachine gun  
submachine gun - machine gun that is a portable automatic firearm
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