an early short-barreled pocket pistol.
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How to use derringer in a sentence
“Leigh Anne showed [Bullock] her cute little pearl-handled derringer,” Hancock says.
The pistol you hold in your hand is a derringer, I presume, loaded.Two Men of Sandy Bar | Bret Harte
Jack says, 'You lie, G-d d-mn you,' and draws his derringer.Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories | Bret Harte
He took from an inner pocket of his coat a derringer with silver mountings, laid it meaningly upon the bar.Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
We were jumped not ten miles out of town, and before any one could draw a derringer every man of us was covered.Foes in Ambush | Charles King
Le Gaire stood sideways, the muzzle of his derringer covering me, his left hand supporting his elbow.Love Under Fire | Randall Parrish
British Dictionary definitions for derringer
a short-barrelled pocket pistol of large calibre
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