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pulled a gun • cannon • keyed up
eyeing • basket
  1. I know he's a loose , but what he says is kind of true.
  2. We thought we had everything planned, and then it all went to hell in a hand .
  3. The police officers shot him, because he on them.
  4. You seem really about your test tomorrow.
  5. As soon as your daughter starts walking, you are going to have to childproof you house. She is already all the dangerous stuff.
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663 The Gun Incident
Aaron talk about a time he had to deal with a hand gun at his night club.

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pull a gun on somebody

Did you say somebody pulled a gun on you once?

To 'pull a gun on somebody' you take the gun out of the place that it is hidden and you point it at someone like you are going to shoot him. Notice the following:

  1. The last thing I was expecting was that my friend would pull a gun on someone.
  2. Could you ever pull a gun on someone'

the loose cannon

I was working the side door with a friend, who's the loose cannon, when it happened.

A 'loose cannon' is someone with unpredictable or uncontrollable behavior. People who are loose cannons frequently say or do things that they shouldn't Notice the following:

  1. I had know idea he was such a loose cannon when he is angry.
  2. He can be so embarrassing when he turns into a loose cannon.

keyed up

These guys are pretty keyed up about it, so I tried to get them to back off.

People who are 'keyed up' are anxious or excited about something. A group of keyed up people will be kind of edgy and ready for something bad to happen. Notice the following:

  1. This whole crowd is really keyed up tonight. I'm just waiting for a fight to start.
  2. What are you so keyed up about?

eyeing the gun

He was kind of eyeing the gun, thinking he might be able to go for it.

When you 'eye' something, you look at it in a nervous, excited or interested way. Notice the following:

  1. It made me uncomfortable the way that he was eyeing my purse.
  2. I see you eyeing my sandwich. Are you hungry?

go to hell in a hand basket

Now, this is the part where it all went to hell in a hand basket.

If a situation rapidly gets worse or heads for a complete disaster. Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe how quickly that whole situation went to hell in a hand basket.
  2. If it starts to rain, all of your plans will go to hell in a hand basket.