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riot gun

a gun, especially a shotgun with a short barrel, for quelling riots rather than inflicting serious injury.
Origin of riot gun
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He saw Ben step through the doorway, a riot gun in his hands.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Rick heard the secretary draw in his breath sharply, and he surreptitiously got ready to pump a shell into the riot gun's chamber.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Joe Vitalli stood behind Camillion and company, his riot gun ready.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin

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