pistol grip

  1. a handle or grip, as of a rifle or saw, shaped like the butt of a pistol.

Origin of pistol grip

First recorded in 1870–75

Other words from pistol grip

  • pistol-grip, adjective

Words Nearby pistol grip

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How to use pistol grip in a sentence

  • At the sight of Nancy his jaw muscles clenched and his hand tightened on the pistol grip.

    Shaman | Robert Shea
  • The long, lean hand of the bearded Missourian gripped his wrist even as he caught at a pistol grip.

    The Covered Wagon | Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for pistol grip

pistol grip

    • a handle shaped like the butt of a pistol

    • (as modifier): a pistol-grip camera

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