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elephant gun

a gun of very large caliber, as .410 or greater, used in killing elephants or other big game. Unabridged
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  • She talked to me about this elephant gun, and explained its mechanism.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Then I fired the elephant gun, which was loaded with slugs, right into the thick of them.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • It looks like what one would suppose an elephant gun to look like.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • A thirty-thirty is a powerful weapon, but it isn't an elephant gun.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
  • He threw the elephant gun forward and fired at the centre of the palisade.

    Jack Haydon's Quest John Finnemore
  • He laughed softly to himself, and then directed Armand to bring forward an elephant gun of the old pattern.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • A single other soldier appeared in pursuit, but one of my boys at the top fired my elephant gun at him.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • I yelled, setting the example by letting off both barrels of my elephant gun into the thickest part of the company opposite to me.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • One poor fellow had his thigh smashed by a ball from an elephant gun, from which he afterwards died.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • Sam revised his private commination service in order to include the elephant gun.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for elephant gun

elephant gun

a gun used in the hunting of elephants
(Austral, slang) a surfboard for riding large waves
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