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

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Well, the g-g-gun goes off, and f-f-fills Mister Thief with number twelve birdshot.

    At Whispering Pine Lodge Lawrence J. Leslie
  • We do not seek bears with birdshot, and that is all we have.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • A hail of birdshot peppered the bluff and the woods behind it as both the double-barrels roared out in unison.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • The snow came in sheets like birdshot, a half-sleet that stung like hail as it cut 235 the face.

  • He has recovered from his meal of birdshot, and can jump surprisingly.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Even youths had risen up and peppered his back with birdshot, and beef cattle had trod him underfoot and smashed his rifle.

  • His hat was peppered with little holes, as if someone had fired a charge of birdshot at him and had all but bagged him.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for birdshot


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