Definition of smoking gun in English:

smoking gun


  • A piece of incontrovertible incriminating evidence.

    ‘the trial's long-awaited smoking gun failed to surface’
    • ‘Yes, I think ultimately the White House is going to have to show some concrete evidence, a smoking gun.’
    • ‘We knew from the Columbia Investigation there were likely to be few smoking guns; the evidence was mostly public testimony and clarified during various news conferences during and after the hearings.’
    • ‘Each new revelation was the smoking gun that was going to end his presidency.’
    • ‘There are no smoking guns, but there's a nexus of circumstantial evidence behind most of the stories the sport throws up.’
    • ‘Certainly, there was no evidence given today that was really a legal smoking gun, if you will.’


smoking gun

/ˌsmōkiNG ˈɡən/ /ˌsmoʊkɪŋ ˈɡən/