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air rifle

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noun
  1. an air gun with rifled bore.

Origin of air rifle

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for air rifle

Historical Examples

  • They were in uniform; each was armed with an air-rifle and a short sword.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Ill shoot any one who touches me, and he caught up his air-rifle.

  • And go hunting, put in Bony, cracking his finger knuckles, as if firing off an air-rifle.

  • Trottie oiled up the air-rifle, which he was only allowed to use in windowless wildernesses.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • Just as soon as I get enough food saved up, and can swap my alleys and chaneys with Billy Drake for his air-rifle.

    The Corner House Girls

    Grace Brooks Hill


British Dictionary definitions for air rifle

air rifle

noun
  1. a rifle discharged by compressed air
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