verb (used with object), pis·toled, pis·tol·ing or (especially British) pis·tolled, pis·tol·ling.
- pistol grip,
- pistol-handle knife,
Origin of pistol
Examples from the Web for pistol
On October 5, 2013, Wilson pointed a pistol at a postal clerk.
He pointed a pistol at a grocery checkout woman and swiped whatever cash he could into his pockets before booking it.
A call made to police beforehand described Rice as “a guy with a pistol” on a swing set, but said it was “probably fake.”
In Devoted to Death, Chesnut describes a Mexican hitman who has an image of la Santa engraved on the butt of his pistol.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico|Michael Schulson|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For all the talk of high-tech military gear, this began like a scene from long ago: two men, one pistol, six shots.
The bar fell aside and he pulled a .45 pistol from its clamp.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
Yet how could he have held the pistol to her head, saying, "No marriage, no elopement."The Incredible Honeymoon|E. Nesbit
Roland sprang into it, a pistol in one hand, his sword in the other.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
Rising, with compressed lips he held toward Muskoka the butt of his pistol.The Young Railroaders|Francis Lovell Coombs
Here he slapped his pistol pocket at the back of his lumbar region.Dracula's Guest|Bram Stoker
verb -tols, -tolling or -tolled or US -tols, -toling or -toled
Word Origin for pistol
"small hand-held firearm," 1570s, from Middle French pistole "short firearm" (1566), of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be from German Pistole, from Czech pis'tala "firearm," literally "tube, pipe," from pisteti "to whistle," of imitative origin, related to Russian pischal "shepherd's pipe."
But earlier English form pistolet (1550) is said to be from Middle French pistolet "a small firearm," also "a small dagger," which may be the literal sense; though some connect this word with Italian pistolese, in reference to Pistoia, town in Tuscany noted for gunsmithing. Pistol-whip (v.) is first recorded 1942.