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bird shot

small-sized shot used for shooting birds.
Origin of bird shot
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "'T ain't likely it hurt him any—just bird shot," said Hope.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • T wa'n't nothin' but bird shot, so I sorter stuck in a marble.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • 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
  • We learned that one of the three got peppered with bird shot, and managed to limp off in the woods.

  • Tom drew the partridge charge from his gun and put in another heavier one, with five or six buckshot, mixed with the bird shot.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • A bird shot a bright flame of color through the checkered light ahead of us.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • He says it is mosquito bites, but Ma thinks he has been shot full of bird shot by some water melon farmer.

  • Sometimes a bird shot will have a great deal of the blood settle in the breast or in the flesh.

  • 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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