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horse pistol

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noun
  1. a large pistol formerly carried by horsemen.
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Origin of horse pistol

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for horse pistol

Historical Examples

  • And Whitcomb chased them as far as New York with a horse-pistol in his pocket.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • "I have a horse-pistol," said the physician with grave significance.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • It was to get a horse-pistol which he had, and which he duly loaded and placed in his pocket.

    Varney the Vampire

    Thomas Preskett Prest

  • I'd make him swimming across, with the stars and stripes between his teeth and a horse-pistol of the period behind each ear.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • Our soldier fired a shot from a horse-pistol as we entered each rapid, whether in its honour or in its defiance I know not.


British Dictionary definitions for horse pistol

horse pistol

noun
  1. a large holstered pistol formerly carried by horsemen
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