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squirt gun

Origin of squirt gun
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I started a squirt gun factory, but the teacher stopped the enterprise because it made too much litter in the school-room.

  • Some of the suggestions led me to make a squirt gun from a bit of elder stalk.

  • When the mule inserted his hoof the water spurted out violently, as though from a squirt gun.

    Gold Stewart White
  • The squirt gun hit him full in the face, a lotion was rubbed in his hair and then he was forced into the chair and shaved.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • "You might as well attempt to put out the flames of a burning house with a squirt gun," he exclaimed, indignantly.

    Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman. W. Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for squirt gun

squirt gun

(US & Canadian) another name for water pistol
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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