- 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
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Examples from the Web for small-bore
Their fallback is a series of small-bore bills like more visas for high-tech workers.Bob Shrum’s Winners & Losers of 2012
December 14, 2012
And it initiated a neverending flurry of small-bore initiatives that cumulated in quite a lot of progress in the 1990s.Overcoming the Fear Factor
March 21, 2010
Every man carried a small-bore rifle, a tomahawk, and a scalping knife.Myths of the Cherokee
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 Passenger Pigeon
The result was a revelation to the small-bore politicians of the old régime.The South American Republics Part I of II
Thomas C. Dawson
South Africa was a country which gave the freest play to the deadly properties of small-bore rifles.History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)
Sir Frederick Maurice.
The small-bore rifle bullets seemed to have no effect in stopping the rush, and the fanatics came on most gallantly.Admiral Jellicoe
- (of a firearm) having a small bore, especially one of less than .22 calibre
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