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slung shot

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noun
  1. a weight, as a stone or a piece of metal, fastened to a short strap, chain, or the like, and used as a weapon.
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Origin of slung shot

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for slung shot

Historical Examples

  • He could not say, however, which drew the slung-shot or which threw the grenade.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)

    Various

  • And Linkern put a feller on the stand and axed him 'Did you ever make a slung-shot?'

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

  • He handed a slung-shot to the feller; and says, 'Take your knife and rip it open.'

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

  • Black Riley carried a slung-shot, being a conventional thug.

  • Now he had a slung-shot that with one blow would render the other man helpless.

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for slung shot

slung shot

noun
  1. a weight attached to the end of a cord and used as a weapon
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