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smoking gun

Drug slang
A regional street term for heroin and cocaine.
 
EBM
A metaphor referring to the definitive confirmation of a cause-and-effect relationship.
 
Forensics
A term for an object or fact that provides conclusive evidence linking a perpetrator to crime or criminal act, the premise being that if the gun used to injure or kill someone is still smoking (or recently discharged) and on the person accused of firing the weapon, that person almost certainly committed the crime.

'smoking gun'

Decision-making adjective A metaphor for a definitive confirmation of a cause-and-effect relationship
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Those were the days when the kids had the blues Played barefoot as they didn't have shoes It wasn't their parents who were to blame Though that was no comfort for their feelings of shame As I look around now at the kids of today Who burden their elders with fear and dismay Gone is the joy the glee and the fun To the power in the barrel of the smoking gun No respect for their fathers no love for their mothers They cheat and deceive their sisters and brothers How ruefully sad when they think life's a game As they act out their lives on the streets of shame
You can process the stuff in so many different ways; I don't think that it will be the smoking gun, " William C Patrick III said in an interview with The Associated Press.
If the IRS needs a smoking gun, this is it," said Lynn.
The Smoking Gun offers documents from American administration and law enforcement agencies, released under the Freedom of Information Act, together with court files.
When the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee called Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to testify in its campaign finance hearings this October, it looked as though Republicans might have at long last found a smoking gun in the Democratic fund-raising controversy.