pistol grip


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

Related forms

pis·tol-grip, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pistol grip

  • Some had small daggers with pistol-grip type handles tucked in their sashes.

    The Pirates of Shan|Harold Leland Goodwin
  • I laugh and proceed to pass some wire through the pistol-grip.

British Dictionary definitions for pistol grip

pistol grip


  1. a handle shaped like the butt of a pistol
  2. (as modifier)a pistol-grip camera
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