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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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  • But at that distance, the birdshot could do no lasting damage.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • He has recovered from his meal of birdshot, and can jump surprisingly.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • We do not seek bears with birdshot, and that is all we have.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • Well, mind how you tempt me to let fly with a charge of birdshot.

    At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie
  • The snow came in sheets like birdshot, a half-sleet that stung like hail as it cut 235 the face.

  • I wouldn't a' minded pepperin' Roselle's legs a trifle, if I'd had a barrel loaded, say, with birdshot.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • Well, the g-g-gun goes off, and f-f-fills Mister Thief with number twelve birdshot.

    At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie
  • The night-riders mostly used these here automatic shot-guns, but they didn't bother with birdshot.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • Even youths had risen up and peppered his back with birdshot, and beef cattle had trod him underfoot and smashed his rifle.

British Dictionary definitions for birdshot


small pellets designed for shooting birds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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