son of a gun

[son of a gun] {n. phr.}, {slang} 1. A bad person; a person notliked.

I don't like Charley; keep that son of a gun out of here.

Syn.: BAD ACTOR. 2. A mischievous rascal; a lively guy. - Often usedin a joking way.

The farmer said he would catch the son of a gunwho let the cows out of the barn.

Hello Bill, you old son of agun!

Compare: SO AND SO. 3. Something troublesome; a hard job.

Thetest today was a son of a gun.

Used as an exclamation, usually toshow surprise or disappointment.

Son of a gun! I lost my car keys.

Compare: SON OF A BITCH.