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[sling-shot] /ˈslɪŋˌʃɒt/
a Y -shaped stick with an elastic strip between the prongs for shooting stones and other small missiles.
Origin of slingshot
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; sling1 + shot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • John Wilson said, "He should have had that one with a slingshot."

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • If he goes on with these fairy stories he will merely measure us coolly for a slingshot.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • One had to be equally expert with a blaster and a slingshot when the occasion demanded.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • A sparrow is always fair game for the boy with a slingshot or rifle.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
  • Jim and Charity were dazed as if some footpad had struck them over the head with a slingshot.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • As I scrambled to my feet and ran a few feet again I was hit on the shoulder with a slingshot.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • The slingshot and the looped line, which had served such a useful purpose in securing birds, continued to be of prime importance.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The pellet bow, a form of slingshot, was also common in the earliest times.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Tiradur ang ipayhag sa balay sa putyúkan, Smash the beehive with a slingshot.

British Dictionary definitions for slingshot


(US & Canadian) a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etc Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) catapult
another name for sling1 (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slingshot

1849, from sling (v.) + shot (n.). As a verb, from 1969. The piece of stone or metal hurled from it is a sling-stone (late 14c.). A slung-shot (1848) was a rock wrapped in a sling, used as a weapon by roughs and criminals.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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