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express rifle

a rifle designed for firing at game at short range.
Origin of express rifle
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An express rifle is what you send off and get, and they ship it to you by express.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • She radiated gladness as she made her way towards the lake carrying an express rifle in the crook of her arm.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • It was fired from an express rifle, an' there's on'y one of the sort in Roxton, so far as I've ever seen.

  • What you want to do is to take an express rifle, like Doo Challoo did, and aim right for his heart.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Seeing what was the matter, I handed him his express rifle, at the same time taking my own.

    She H. Rider Haggard
  • Then we heard the firin' in the distance and the 'splat' of Mr. Oscard's express rifle.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for express rifle

express rifle

a high-velocity hunting rifle for big game shooting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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