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air pistol

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noun
  1. a pistol that utilizes compressed air rather than ignited gunpowder to propel a single shot, often a pellet.

Origin of air pistol

First recorded in 1955–60
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Historical Examples

  • Someone here has an air-pistol, and the owner of that has got to be found.

    The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel

    Mary E. Hanshew

  • But the stiletto's done the thing in one instance, and the air-pistol in the other.

  • But I understand there was a shot fired as well—from an air-pistol, I imagine, as there was no sound.

  • And the air-pistol stunt simply used to throw the blame upon Ross.

  • He did not forget to arm himself quite to the teeth with his pop-gun, his bow, and his air-pistol.