blunderbuss

Part of speech: noun

A short gun with large bore and flaring mouth.

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Usage examples "blunderbuss":

  1. There was the blunderbuss over the chimney- piece- there were the two hatchets in the corner. - "A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest", Amelia B. Edwards.
  2. " Not a sight did we see, or a sound did we hear," said the other, " only the going off of the blunderbuss. - "The Landleaguers", Anthony Trollope.
  3. But then growing well again, Dyer took him down to Bath, where they robbed the stage- coaches from Bath to London, and as they returned from London to Bath again, until the road became so dangerous that they hired persons to guard them for the future; and notwithstanding they so often practised this villainy, they never were in danger but once, when a gentleman fired a blunderbuss at them but missed them both, whereupon they robbed the coach, and afterwards whipped him severely with their horse whips. - "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.