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  1. a tube through which dried peas, beans, or small pellets are blown, used as a toy.
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Origin of peashooter

First recorded in 1860–65; pea1 + shooter
Also called beanshooter.
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Examples from the Web for pea-shooter

Historical Examples of pea-shooter

  • Her lean finger seemed to pick him out as if it were a pea-shooter.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown

    G. K. Chesterton

  • “Suppose we tickle them up with the pea-shooter first,” suggested Lickford.

  • I'll shoot the critter, after you've tried that there pea-shooter on him!

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Reckon he'd have tackled elephants if he'd only got a pea-shooter.

    The Burglars' Club

    Henry A. Hering

  • And they did fall to the floor and roll about, but they got into the pea-shooter for all that.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

British Dictionary definitions for pea-shooter


  1. a tube through which pellets such as dried peas are blown, used as a toy weapon
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