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[smawl-bawr, -bohr] /ˈsmɔlˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr/
of, noting, or relating to a .22-caliber firearm.
insular or parochial in scope, attitude, etc.:
small-bore officials.
Origin of small-bore
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every man carried a small-bore rifle, a tomahawk, and a scalping knife.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • As we had nothing but a small-bore rifle and not owning a shotgun, we appealed to father as to what we should do for a gun.

  • The result was a revelation to the small-bore politicians of the old régime.

  • South Africa was a country which gave the freest play to the deadly properties of small-bore rifles.

  • The small-bore rifle bullets seemed to have no effect in stopping the rush, and the fanatics came on most gallantly.

    Admiral Jellicoe

    Arthur Applin
  • We shall find also that the first American small-bore, muzzle-loading rifles were made in Pennsylvania.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • Of course, the soft ball driven from a small-bore rifle with a light charge of powder was far too weak to penetrate to the vitals.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • On the other hand cases have occurred of elephants succumbing easily to chance shots from small-bore rifles.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for small-bore


(of a firearm) having a small bore, especially one of less than .22 calibre
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