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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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A DOJ source called it a "disastrous situation." One government lawyer was "shocked" to discover that details from sealed court applications were essentially sitting in plain sight, The Smoking Gun said.
"And we - the Americans, the British - have never really recovered from that because of course there was no smoking gun," he said.
Times posted the FBI "documents" on which it based its Shakur story that allowed The Smoking Gun to discover they were phony.
Now, I should have known, if there's no smoking gun, you don't have it.
Last May, the foreign press, progressive activists, and the leftwing media inside the United States shouted themselves hoarse over what they considered the smoking gun in Bush's Iraq War deception--the Downing Street Memo.
Salihee certainly appears to be one of these witnesses, uncovering the smoking gun behind a series of what appear to be Rumsfeld-ordered war crimes.
Perhaps they can use Sullivan's essay as the smoking gun for why AIDS doesn't matter anymore in America.
In the buildup to the second Iraq war, it was Rice who flogged the now familiar sound bite warning that the "smoking gun" proving Iraq's nuclear ambitions could take the form of a "mushroom cloud." Like other administration neo-cons, Rice was determined to unseat Saddam, and wasn't picky about the quality of intelligence used to support that objective.
BUDDING starlets of Liverpool will have their chance to shine 'In The Spotlight' this summer, as the Smoking Gun Production Company launches its First Liverpool Youth Theatre Summer School.
A poster for his rap band Outkast showed one artist brandishing a pink, smoking gun.
He also recently spoke on "Avoiding the Smoking Gun: Assorted Privileges, the Work-Product Doctrine, and Other Discovery Issues in the Context of Enhanced International IRS Enforcement" at a recent Tax Executives Institute, Inc., seminar in Chicago.
"If the Senate has been looking for a smoking gun, this is it," said Lynn.