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air rifle

noun
1.
an air gun with rifled bore.
Origin of air rifle
1900-1905
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05
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  • Somebody fired the balloons with arrows shot from an air rifle.

    The Crimson Flash

    Roy J. Snell
  • "Don't get up, Mr. Fits," warned Dick, still gripping the air rifle.

  • Thereupon the other four, Harry carrying the air rifle, started off into the woods, jogging along over the solid crust.

  • Tom continued to carry the air rifle, though plainly the weapon was all for show.

  • Many a boy thinks that just because a bird is alive and moves it is a proper target for his air rifle or his sling shot.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The clown was dressed in equatorial hunting garb and carried an air rifle.

    The Crimson Flash

    Roy J. Snell
  • Sprung from the loins of generations of hunters, the love of a gun was in his blood, and this air rifle was his first love.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • The shiny sight of the air rifle glistened against the beady, vicious, triumphant eye, cocked a little sideways.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • But there was an air rifle standing in the corner, and I knew I could get it if I needed it.

British Dictionary definitions for air rifle

air rifle

noun
1.
a rifle discharged by compressed air
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