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bird shot

small-sized shot used for shooting birds.
Origin of bird shot
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • One of them drew a bag of bird shot from his pocket and hurled it at Harry's head.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • It was raining hard, and the drops stung their faces like bird shot.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • "bird shot's mighty irritatin'—specially to a wrathy fellow," said Despair.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • A bird shot a bright flame of color through the checkered light ahead of us.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Tony did the same with the shotgun, sending loads of bird shot whistling through the red leaves of the dangla bushes.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • He says it is mosquito bites, but Ma thinks he has been shot full of bird shot by some water melon farmer.

  • "'T ain't likely it hurt him any—just bird shot," said Hope.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • Sometimes a bird shot will have a great deal of the blood settle in the breast or in the flesh.

  • As a matter of fact, half a dozen bird shot still remained in the fleshy part of his thumb.

    Three Young Ranchmen Ralph Bonehill
  • Suddenly something happened: the young officer gave a gasp and bending double sat down on the ground like a bird shot on the wing.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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