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machine pistol

a fully automatic pistol; submachine gun.
Also called burp gun.
Origin of machine pistol
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary Examples
  • The other gunman sprayed the store with a .45 caliber MAC-10 machine pistol, emptying the 30-round clip in a few seconds.

    Cocaine Cowboys Gerald Posner October 12, 2009
Historical Examples
  • He hauled a Schmeisser machine pistol from under his coat and slipped a clip in.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • Clay came forward, saw the machine pistol on his seat and strapped it on without a word.

    Code Three Rick Raphael

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