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stun gun

noun
1.
a battery-powered, handheld weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button, used, especially by police, to immobilize a person briefly and without injury.
2.
any of various handheld weapons that shoot small pellet-filled bags, tranquilizer darts, darts attached to electric wires, or the like to immobilize a person or animal briefly and without injury.
Origin of stun gun
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70
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  • He rapped sharply on the door with the butt of his stun gun.

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  • Knock him out with a stun gun and then pump him full of comatol.

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  • His gun wavered, and Houston fired quickly with his stun gun.

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  • Houston took a deep breath, drew his stun gun, and headed for the stairway.

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  • Behind him were Chief Multhaus, also armed with a stun gun, and four members of the power crew, each armed with a heavy spanner.

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British Dictionary definitions for stun gun

stun gun

noun
1.
a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
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